Cold, icy weather has wreaked havoc on the Olney ISD schedule so far this winter, but the days missed up until now should have no lasting impact on the district’s remaining planned holidays. According to Terry Allen, interim Olney ISD superintendent, the district has already used its two “bad weather days” as well as one additional day.
“Right now we’re looking at the possibility of requesting a waiver,” Allen said. “We’re waiting for an exact directive from TEA.”
Students at Olney ISD did not go to school Friday, Dec. 6, or on Monday, Feb. 3, or Monday, Feb. 10. That means local students will go to school on Friday, May 2, and Friday, May 23, which were previously scheduled as “bad weather day” holidays. The third day, Allen said, will not have to be made up on another set holiday.
“You have to use those (bad weather) days and any staff development days already built in,” Allen said. “If you don’t have any more of those days, you have to get a waiver.”
That waiver, if granted, will allow the district to not make up the extra day and any other days missed due to weather or other emergency conditions through the end of the year.
However, Allen said the district will also not receive funding for any additional days that are not made up. Allen added that these types of waivers are generally sought later in the spring, but due to an expected high number of requests from around the state the TEA has asked for applications to be made earlier than normal.
Olney ISD trustees, according to Allen, will most likely begin the application process during their next regular meeting, which has been moved to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.