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Oklahoma City school district mulls cold-weather options

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials are considering many potential makeup plans, including adding days on to the end of the year, extending school days and borrowing time from the district's two-week spring break.
by Tim Willert Published: February 6, 2014

The district was able to set aside seven days for inclement weather by adding 20 minutes to the school day starting at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, which ends May 30.

Officials will wait until the end of February to consider their options, which include adding time to the school day or the end of the year. Another option being considered is borrowing time from two weeks set aside for spring break, which starts March 10.

Changes to the district's official calendar must be approved by the board of education. If more weather makeup days are required, district leaders will develop a plan that interim Superintendent Dave Lopez will present to the board for a vote.

The plan, Tinnin said, will be developed to meet the educational needs of students and will be communicated to parents, students and staff once approved.

“Whenever you cancel school you're always going to get people who completely agree with you and people who don't agree with you,” she said. “So what we have to do is make the decision based on what is best and what is the safest option for kids.”

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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