Schools making up for rainy days

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK State Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, standing, participates in a forum Wednesday at Hospice of Acadiana in Lafayette on Medicaid funding cuts to hospice programs. From left are Hospice of Acadiana Board President Janice Beyt, state Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, and state Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette.
Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK State Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, standing, participates in a forum Wednesday at Hospice of Acadiana in Lafayette on Medicaid funding cuts to hospice programs. From left are Hospice of Acadiana Board President Janice Beyt, state Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, and state Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette.

Acadiana bureau

Some rain-soaked school districts in Acadiana will make up for lost instructional time created by last week’s weather conditions that caused flooding and, in some areas, tornadic activity, officials said.

In Acadia Parish, some schools did not reopen until Wednesday, although no facilities sustained water damage, Superintendent John Bourque said. The delayed reopening in some parts of the parish was due to water not receding on roads for buses to transport students, Bourque said.

Bourque said the district will not prolong the school year, but students will report to school Tuesday for what was planned as a parent-teacher conference day.

In St. Mary Parish, rather than add instructional days to its schedule, St. Mary Parish schools will dismiss 15 minutes later each day starting Tuesday through April 5 to make up for two days of lost instructional time.

In Iberia Parish, the School Board will decide next week students’ future schedule to make up for two days lost to last week’s weather as well as two days missed earlier in the school year due to Hurricane Issac, said Superintendent Dale Henderson.

Henderson said his staff will likely recommend the board approve the make-up of two instructional days on days previously scheduled as part of school holidays: Ash Wednesday and the Monday following Easter. The two days fall before standardized, high-stakes testing in the spring, he said.

The superintendent added that it’s possible that students may only need to make one day because schools have “some time built into their daily schedules” that could be used.

In Evangeline Parish, students at Basile High and W.W. Stewart Elementary will need to make up the loss in instructional time, officials said.

In Vermilion Parish, schools will add minutes to their school day as needed and times will vary, depending upon the school, district officials said.

In Lafayette Parish, Acadiana, Carencro, Comeaux and Lafayette high schools will make up instructional time by adding two to five minutes, depending upon the school, to each school day, said Angela Morrison, director of community collaborations and partnerships.

Officials in the St. Landry and St. Martin school systems said schools there had enough instructional minutes within their schedules that a make-up was not needed.