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Huron school board OKs makeup plan

Alissa Widman Neese • Feb 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

More than half the region’s districts will make up missed classes using online instruction this year.

At a special meeting Tuesday, Huron school board members most recently approved an “alternative makeup plan” for their district’s excessive weather-related cancellations.

Once the state approves the plan, Huron Schools can substitute online assignments for up to three missed class days.

Other schools statewide have also opted to send classwork home with students in “blizzard bags,” another new trend.

If districts have canceled more than five state-permitted days, the fairly new options help them avoid scheduling makeup class days at the end of the school year.

As of Wednesday, Huron Schools had canceled school 11 times this year.

“With testing right around the corner, we as a district feel it’s pertinent to have instruction prior to testing, even if it’s online,” Huron Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori said. “Although it’s not a complete substitute for face-to-face instruction, we lost too much seat time last month, and we need to prepare these students to succeed”

When Huron Schools is ready to launch the program, Muratori said he’ll communicate with parents through various means to ensure students complete their assignments.

At the start of the school year, only four of 16 districts in the Register’s coverage area approved an alternative makeup plan.

As of Wednesday, five additional districts have joined them.

The remainder of Tuesday’s Huron school board meeting was a closeddoor session among board members and administrators, to discuss employee union negotiations and district personnel.

At their next meeting March 10, board members will likely agree to accept the resignation of district treasurer Mike Weis, who announced in late January his plans to depart March 31.

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