Changes to snow days for 2021-22

Posted on 11/03/2021
Changes to snow days for 2021-22

At its October meeting, the FHSD Board of Education approved a revised 2021-22 school year calendar that reflects changes to snow days for the current school year. The first three snow days will be made up (consistent with our past practice); the next four snow days will not have to be made up due to extra instructional time in the calendar. In the unlikely event that the District experiences more than seven snow days, snow days 8, 9, and 10 will be added to the end of the school year.

These changes are based on results from a community survey with more than 5,400 responses and input from a snow day committee comprised of parents and staff members. The options most desired by stakeholders included some combination of traditional snow days and days students didn’t have to make up or AMI (virtual) days.

Why don’t students have to make up all snow days this year?

Missouri requires public school students to attend school for a minimum of 1,044 hours per school year. Because our current calendar exceeds the state’s required instructional hours, we have the ability to forgive some snow days versus tacking all of them on the end of the year.

What about AMI days?

AMI, or Alternative Methods of Instruction, can be used for up to 36 hours lost or cancelled due to exceptional or emergency circumstances, such as inclement weather closures. AMI will not be utilized in the 2021-22 school year, but may be an option in the future if and when the District is able to provide Chromebooks and other technology supports for all students.

Please note - high school seniors follow a modified calendar and attend school for the minimum hours required by DESE. Their last scheduled school day is May 20. Snow days 1-10 would be added to the end of their calendar.
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