Schools in Eugene, Bethel, Springfield to extend school year to make up snow days


    Snow near Churchill High School in Eugene on February 25, 2019, the first of four days the district lost due to snow in February. (via ChimeIn)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Students in the Eugene 4J School District attended class on Friday as part of the district's plan to make up time lost to the snowstorm the last week of February.

    Eugene also added June 14, June 17 and June 18 to the school calendar.

    The two other districts in the Eugene/Springfield area also have plans to make up days.

    The Bethel School District in West Eugene plans to add three days to the calendar in June, with the last day for students moving from Thursday, June 13, to Tuesday, June 18.

    Students there missed 4 days due to snow, as did students in Eugene 4J.

    The Bethel school board will decide April 8 whether to endorse the plan.

    "Because Bethel does not have many teacher inservice days/No School days throughout the year, we are currently above the state requirements for instructional hours, even despite the snow," Pat McGillivray with Bethel schools said. "But, it is important to provide as much learning time as possible for our students, and we want as many children in school as possible. At the same time, the three additional school days may conflict with summer vacation plans. In some cases that is unavoidable."

    Willamette High School graduation remains June 7, he added.

    Springfield Public Schools remained closed for a full week.

    The district has added one day the end of the school year and intends to modify early release days to full instructional days to make up the time.

    "While the district had built potential make-up days in the academic calendar in case they were needed, the days were all prior to the end of February snow," the district said on its website. "Through a creative and collaborative approach with our associations the district was able to swiftly make the shift to the calendar to help minimize the end of year impact."

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