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D86 Announces Plan to Make Up for 'Snow Days'

June 4 through June 6 will be preserved as last attendance days, but students will be in school for full day when taking final exams.

Students and Hinsdale South and Central high schools will have to sweat the school year out awhile longer to make up for four days lost in instructional time due to harsh winter weather.

Dist. 86 board members voted unanimously to keep Friday, June 6 as the last student attendance day for the 2013-2014 school year, Supt. Bruce Law said in an email to parents.

The board also directed district administrators and teachers to work together to come up with a plan to make up as much as possible the four days lost to the extreme winter weather.

Law said that the final three days of the school year – June 4, 5 and 6 – will be full attendance days for all students. Traditionally, these days have been partial attendance devoted only to taking final exams.

Students will still have finals, but finals will be embedded into regular instructional days. Teachers are being challenged to explore new and innovative ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of course subject matter.

“We are excited to see the many ways our students’ learning outcomes can be demonstrated with this approach,” Law said in his email blast. “Teachers will communicate the specific schedule to their students for the end of the year.”

Law said that administrators and teachers will work closely to coordinate due dates for exams, projects, performances, etc., so that students have an appropriate balance of course work over the last three days of school.

The non-attendance days, late start and early dismissal days as posted on the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South calendars have not changed.

Questions or concerns about the “snow day” plan can be directed to Supt. Dr. Bruce Law at 630-655-6110 or blaw@hinsdale86.org.

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