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Top 10 High Schools in Virginia.
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 07:14 am
Do you know what the criteria was for ranking? It would be interesting to see how many of theseRead More schools have an entrepreneurship focus.
John Wesley Brett April 24, 2014 at 08:58 am
The methodology for US News & World Report's "Best High Schools" can be found here:Read More http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/2014/04/21/about-the-best-high-schools-rankings
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that makingRead More up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even goingRead More to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kidsRead More can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.
Wednesday's snow day has drained the last of Prince William County School's available hours.
kathy brown January 29, 2014 at 07:10 pm
They can cut some of the holiday time down, or extend the school year. If they extend the schoolRead More year to the end of june, they should make the decision now, so parents can make plans for summer vacations, and not wait till apr or may for a decision. Lengthening the day will have a big impact on families that have elementary and middle school kids as well as HS.
Kay January 30, 2014 at 09:30 am
I wish parents or someone would bring this to the attention of PWCS Division. The state of VirginiaRead More mandates that students complete a minimum of 990 instructional hours. The 2013/2014 schoool calendar consists of 180 school days with 3 or 4 days built in for snow cancelations. So far the students have missed 8 days. Two hour delays do not count against the children because it is still counted as a full day of instruction. The half day alloted at Thanksgiving is counted as a full day even though the kids get out 3 hours earlier than normal. The high schools and middle school days = 6.30 hours minus 30 minutes for lunch so their day amounts to a 6 hour day. 180 x 6 hours = 1,080 instructional hours, 90 hours over the state mandate so technically they have 14 days "banked." 14 days x 6 hours = 84 hours of reserved snow hours. So far we have missed a total of 8 days which = 48 hours of instructional time gone. 48 hours minus the 1,080 hours the kids go over from the 990 mandated hours by the state = 1,032 hours. The students missed a total of 12 days in the school year 2009/2010 with the snow apocalypse we endured in December and February and not one day had to be made up with high and middle schools. Only the Elementary had to add an additional 10 minutes since their day is 5 and 1/2 hour day with lunch and recess. This dilemia of make up days missed because of the recent snow makes absolutely no sense! Why is this any different compared to 4 years ago? The students went the same amount of days(180) in 2009/2010 school year as they are currently attending(180) this school year. Talk abouut a mixed message? The school division is sending a mixed message.
Should the buses have rolled this week? Patch file photo.
Deb January 24, 2014 at 10:31 am
It is ridiculous to keep kids home for cold weather. As long as the roads and parking lots areRead More clear kids should be in school. As for the walkers and kids who drive themselves, when are the parents going to take responsibility? Drive your kids to school. And it's the parents who should be sure their kids are dressed appropriately for the weather. As for the make up days, taking away a teacher work day is one thing but taking away a federal holiday shouldn't happen. Nor should extending the school year which could disrupt many summer plans.
Rudy January 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
I agree with Ms. Kelly! Additionally, not everyone in the county lives in Sterling Park or AshburnRead More Village! In more rural areas, the roads are still not the best to walk and or drive on! Thought.... If you lived in these rural areas, and you child was on the bus, the bus slid off the road and was stuck on the bus for several hours....would you complain and raise a stink? This is another reason that the school board made their decision. It is better for them to receive complaints of a handful more school days, than to have dozens of parents complaining about accidents, injuries and their childs well being. I give kudos to the board for announcing they were closing for the remainder of the week, days in advance. As this allowed us to plan, the best we could. Opposed to reacting to this information in the morning while watching the news!
Deborah Kelly January 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
Good thing we have school officials making their best professional decisions instead of a bunch ofRead More nutty parents who can't agree on anything! We should support the school system's decisions even when we don't agree. Amen.
Is it time for school, yet? Patch file photo.
Rick Young January 22, 2014 at 09:11 pm
Apparently the decision makers like their days off. Look, a frozen puddle, we must close the entireRead More system because someone might slip and go boom. Beyond belief. Great message to send to kids.
Deborah Kelly January 23, 2014 at 06:00 pm
I think safety first - there are a lot of kids who are "walkers" and there are a lot ofRead More kids who drive themselves. I drove through our high school parking lot today and there are still some icy spots and the sidewalks are not clear. The last thing we need is broken legs and students' cars sliding into each other. One more day will get us through the weekend and, if Monday is already a teacher workday, then the students could safely come back on Tuesday. The additional rest for both students and teachers does a body good!
There's a 100 percent chance of snow in Tuesday's forecast. Patch file photo/Drew Hansen
Amanda Mann January 20, 2014 at 01:49 pm
Yes I think schools should be closed Tuesday
kathy brown January 20, 2014 at 09:12 pm
Yes, they should close on Tuesday. Storm is coming in the morning, students will have to leaveRead More school. The districit will save money on busing, meals, elec, heating by closing. The most important part is the student safety.
AP Photo/Steve Ruark
Kris Day December 8, 2013 at 06:45 pm
I don't believe Virginia has adopted the Common Core curriculum, and chose instead to continue withRead More the state's well regarded standards already in place?