(Harrisburg) – Legislation to provide schools with flexibility in making up missed time due to weather emergencies was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34), the bill’s sponsor. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
Senate Bill 1281 gives schools the discretion to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than daily basis, and permits schools to hold class one Saturday per month, if needed. Corman said this change will provide schools greater flexibility to determine how to best make up instructional time.
“Over the course of this difficult winter, I have heard from schools across my district that additional flexibility will allow them to more effectively deal with scheduling issues caused by the inclement weather,” said Corman. “While we cannot control the weather that occurred, we can provide school officials with the flexibility to meet the state’s instructional requirement.”
The bill mirrors previous weather emergency legislation passed by the General Assembly as a result of the 1996 flooding in the northwestern part of the state.
“Extending school into late June may not be the best option for schools or students for a number of reasons,” said Corman. “This bill will provide schools with the flexibility to find the solution that works best for them to make up the missed instructional time.”