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Schools closed; district passes on makeup-day offer

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BARTHOLOMEW County’s two public school districts called off classes for a second straight day because of weather conditions, meaning students will return Thursday at the earliest.

Private and parochial schools also canceled classes for today, including St. Bartholomew, St. Peter’s Lutheran, White Creek Lutheran and ABC-Stewart Montessori, as well as six Head Start programs in the area.

Meanwhile, Indiana schools have been offered an opportunity by the state Department of Education to avoid making up missed instructional days Monday and Tuesday because of the weather.

Students in Bartholomew Consolidated and Flat Rock-Hawcreek school corporations already were scheduled to be out of school Monday as winter break came to an end, but both districts canceled classes for Tuesday and today because of extreme wind-chill conditions.

If you are a student at Bartholomew Consolidates Schools, you will have to make up days missed this week because of the weather.

If you attend Flat Rock-Hawcreek schools, however, you won’t.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will hold classes for a complete school year, Superintendent John Quick said.

“Every school day is important, and we want to offer 180 days of instruction to our students,” Quick said.

Flat Rock-Hawcreek Superintendent Kathy Griffey said she already has prepared an application for the Tuesday’s cancellation waiver. She said the district’s second semester has 93 days, six more than in the first semester.

Griffey said that would give teachers in the Hope-based district ample time to cover lessons students need before the school year wraps up.

Both school systems end their school year June 3.

As of today, both public school districts have missed four full days this school year because of weather.

Daniel Altman, spokesman for the department, said a decision had not been made whether a waiver will be offered for today’s missed classes.

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