Dear BCPS Families,
Michigan, otherwise known as the "Winter Wonderland State" sure is living up to its motto this winter. Winters in Western Michigan are meant to be enjoyed as well as endured. Lately, the enduring part of this winter is more prevalent than the enjoyment part. Please know BCPS officials are accessing road conditions starting at 4:30am to ascertain if the roads conditions necessitate closing school as the safety of our students is always a priority.
Needless to say, a popular and relevant question is, "How many snow days do we have left?" and "if we have used up all the snow days how will the instructional time be made up?" According to the Michigan Department of Education's Pupil Accounting Manual:
"The first six (6) days (or equivalent hours) of scheduled pupil instruction that is not provided because of conditions not within the control of school authorities such as severe storms, fires, health conditions, and infrastructure issues, shall be counted toward the required 1,098 hours of pupil instruction."
At this point, BCPS still has one day in reserve before we would need to work with the state and submit a plan of action on how we would make up the missed instructional time, either by extending existing days or adding additional days.
It is anyone's guess to predict what the inclement weather conditions will be yet this school year. However, the way this winter is going, we may indeed have additional inclement weather days. Two years ago, Governor Synder signed legislation that waived the minimum day requirement allowing schools to add minutes of instruction to accomplish the needed 1,098 hours of instruction. Some speculate that with the winter we are having, this may happen again.
We will continue to keep you posted and will notify you should an adjustment in extending the existing days or adding additional days be warranted.
Once again, it certainly is our privilege to build relationships with your children and we thank you for entrusting your children to us. We will continue to do your best to make each child's experience the best it can possibly be.
Superintendent Dan Takens
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