Q: How many hours of instruction
were each of your schools originally scheduled for the 2017-18 school
A: Based on grade level; Half-Day Kindergarten (455 Hrs. - State minimum), 1st-6th Grade (910 Hrs. - State minimum), and 7th-12th Grade (1,001 Hrs. - State minimum), the amount of hours scheduled for instruction will differ, based on the State required minimum number of hours. Springboro Schools intentionally schedule over this required minimum amount, in order to avoid falling below the minimum hours of instruction, as required by the State. The number of hours of instruction during a school year is based on 180 days; Therefore, the required minimum per day for;
Half-Day Kindergarten would be 2.5 hrs. (455/180 = 2.5). We set ours above this to account for weather related closures.
1st - 5th Grade would be 5.05 hrs., not including lunch time (910/180 = 5.05). We set ours at 6.45 hrs. per day to account for weather related closures.
6th - 12th Grade would be 5.6 hrs., not including lunch time (1,001/180 = 5.56). We set ours to 7.00 hrs. per day to account for weather related closures.
though our numbers were set well above the minimum required by the State and we
will not exceed this, we still intend to make up any instructional time that
would exceed what would amount to 5 days (the hours vary, depending on grade).
Q: How many scheduled hours of instruction have your schools missed in 2017-18 due to snow, cold, water issues, bus issues or any other "calamity?"
A: As of March 21st, 2018,
Springboro Schools has been closed 6 days, and had 1 two-hour delay during the
2017-2018 school year. Again, given the hours are different per grade level, it
is easier to specify in days even though the State requirements are listed in
Q: Will Springboro Schools only make up instructional time if you risk going below the state's minimum number of hours? Or do you have some different policy, such as stating that you'll make up time if you miss a certain number of days?
A: Even though Springboro Schools’ numbers were set well above the minimum required by the State and we will not exceed this, we still intend to make up any instructional time that would exceed what would amount to 5 days. Therefore, since March 21st, 2018 marked the district’s 6th
day closed this school year, a plan has gone into place to extend the 2017-2018
school year by one day.