Since we have received a number of questions regarding “waiver days”, we hope the following can better clarify:
-Indiana public schools are required to have 180 student instructional days.
-On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced that all public schools would be allowed to claim up to 20 waiver days; in other words, 160 student instructional days (180 – 20) would be the new requirement for completing this 2019-2020 school year.
-On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced that all public schools would be closed through at least Friday, May 1 with consideration given at a later date as to whether or not schools would reopen at all this school year.
-Given the possibility that schools would not be allowed to reopen, we made the decision to begin employing waiver days immediately by using two (2) per week through the end of the school year.
-Two (2) waiver days plus three (3) eLearning days per week gets us to the necessary 160 instructional days to complete the school year and NOT have to make up any days in June or July. Waiver days will be employed on Mondays and Fridays and eLearning conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
-On eLearning days, students ARE “attending” school and required to check itslearning for assigned work. Teachers will be available online from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
-On waiver days, students are NOT “attending” school (not required to be online) but can certainly use the time to work on assignments. As a school corporation, we will continue to utilize these days to meet the needs of our students. Meals will be provided, phone lines will be open, and teachers will be preparing lessons and assessing completed work on ALL days listed on the BCSC school calendar (not Good Friday or Memorial Day).