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March 5, 2013

Wichita district adds class time to conference days because of snow days

About 30 Wichita schools will not release students early for parent-teacher conferences this month in order to make up class time lost to recent snow days.

About 30 Wichita schools will not release students early for parent-teacher conferences this month in order to make up class time lost to recent snow days.

District spokeswoman Susan Arensman said the additional class time is “a precautionary measure” intended to make sure students don’t have to make up hours or days later this spring.

“Schools are still tweaking their schedules,” Arensman said in an e-mail. “We are currently looking to see if there are any adjustments that need to be made.”

Wichita and most area school districts canceled school four days last month because of snow and dangerous road conditions. After four days off, “it made sense to have students attend class all day,” Arensman said in the e-mail.

At many elementary and middle schools, students are released after lunch on conference days so teachers can begin conferences in the early afternoon.

Arensman said schools that haven’t had spring conferences yet or those that had conferences scheduled during the snow days will notify parents about adjustments to their schedules.

Conferences “may be shortened a bit,” she added. Parents also may schedule a phone conference or meet with teachers at another time.

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