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(WTKR)   All right students, how many of you will skip school when we schedule a snow make-up day on Saturday? Be sure to show your work   (wtkr.com) divider line 57
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2014-02-18 08:19:11 AM  
I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that
 
2014-02-18 09:39:34 AM  
78% ?

That's a lot better than I would have predicted.
 
2014-02-18 09:59:03 AM  
That's how the makeup days should be done after the Monday holidays are exhausted. Of course legislators here in Indiana are hearing none of that.
 
2014-02-18 10:11:00 AM  
Don't forget to carry the 1
 
2014-02-18 10:11:57 AM  
what nerdlingers came to saturday detention? a jock, a psycho, a nerd, a princess, and a basket case?
 
2014-02-18 10:14:19 AM  
amherststudent.amherst.edu
 
2014-02-18 10:14:23 AM  
We had Saturday school in 1977 because of the blizzard we missed the whole month of January.  NObody showed up for Saturday school.  Just give up and consider it an act of God.
 
2014-02-18 10:15:00 AM  

Fano: what nerdlingers came to saturday detention? a jock, a psycho, a nerd, a princess, and a basket case?


Well fark me.  I posted the pic at least.
 
2014-02-18 10:15:36 AM  
<raises hand>
 
2014-02-18 10:15:58 AM  
Something, something cold day in hell before I would be there.
 
2014-02-18 10:16:23 AM  
They did that to us for my senior year of high school.  I didn't go to the make up day.

/Such a rebel.
 
2014-02-18 10:17:51 AM  
Just shows the parents had no qualms getting the little buggars out of the house for the day.
 
2014-02-18 10:22:22 AM  

NickelP: I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that


This.  They get paid overtime or something?
 
2014-02-18 10:23:43 AM  
I feel like I would send my kids. Nice to get them out of the house!
 
2014-02-18 10:26:48 AM  

Cold_Sassy: We had Saturday school in 1977 because of the blizzard we missed the whole month of January.  NObody showed up for Saturday school.  Just give up and consider it an act of God.


We did as well.  Half a day.

We watched cartoons.
 
2014-02-18 10:28:51 AM  
I live in the Hampton Roads area and had a gig postponed because all the kids were gonna be in school that day. Worked out for me, as I'm fighting a cold right now and had laryngitis that day!

Yesterday was a makeup day for other schools in the area. Kids are pissed because they have to go in on a holiday or a Saturday. I say, "Yeah, well we stayed in school until  Julyone year to make up for missed days from school!" Only time I ever celebrated my birthday with my classmates.
 
2014-02-18 10:29:00 AM  
Some students have jobs.
 
2014-02-18 10:30:59 AM  
CSB:
I went to Catholic grade school in 1993, where we had to make up a snow day on a Saturday.  The principal announced that it was the school's best attendance all year.
/okay, not so cool
 
2014-02-18 10:31:14 AM  
my dog ate my homework
 
2014-02-18 10:32:21 AM  

AngryDragon: NickelP: I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that

This.  They get paid overtime or something?


Since they usually have to be at school X number of days to fulfill their contracts and students have to attend a certain number of days to complete their grade or graduate... I'm sure that factored into it somewhere.

The other option is to cancel a scheduled holiday somewhere between now and around May. Teachers and students both tend to schedule their allowed missed days conveniently to personal vacations and don't like losing those to makeup days.
 
2014-02-18 10:35:01 AM  
I remember once in high school we had to make up a few days becase we used so many snow days. They added a few days in June. Nobody went.
 
2014-02-18 10:35:16 AM  
I can't bring my snowflake in on a Saturday!  He's had a rough five days of school and now you're pushing this on him?  He's completely stressed!  Saturday is the only day that we get to bond and do activities he wants to do like buying and playing video games.

Sunday is his father's day.  My precious child usually just sits around with Mister Unmotivated and plays video games with him.  Make Mister Can't Pay Alimony On Time drag him to school on a Sunday.  No wait.   There's that little Miss Nu-Boobs Whore teaching second grade.   He'd latch right on to that skank.
 
2014-02-18 10:37:58 AM  

Riche: 78% ?

That's a lot better than I would have predicted.


That's all grades combined. Only 69% for HS. It would be fun to see a grade my grade comparison, I'd imagine seniors to be much lower.
 
2014-02-18 10:38:03 AM  
Sure, it has relatively high attendance now, but what happens when it conflicts with spring sports? Watch the attendance figures crash. Ain't nobody got time for that!
 
2014-02-18 10:40:45 AM  

ElLoco: The other option is to cancel a scheduled holiday somewhere between now and around May.


This, they have to attempt to make it up, so they could cancel Spring Break, which would piss off a lot of  teachers who have already payed for a vacation.  Saturday School is a good deal for the teachers.
 
2014-02-18 10:41:55 AM  

No Time To Explain: my dog ate my homework


Not even my dog works on Saturday!
 
2014-02-18 10:45:27 AM  
We were supposed to have something like 4 days of Saturday school to make up for a blizzard in the late 90s.  I never told my parents about it, and skipped every day.  My mom found out about it a few months after the fact.  I could tell she wanted to be pissed, but she couldn't help but laugh.
 
2014-02-18 10:46:36 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I can't bring my snowflake in on a Saturday!  He's had a rough five days of school and now you're pushing this on him?  He's completely stressed!  Saturday is the only day that we get to bond and do activities he wants to do like buying and playing video games.

Sunday is his father's day.  My precious child usually just sits around with Mister Unmotivated and plays video games with him.  Make Mister Can't Pay Alimony On Time drag him to school on a Sunday.  No wait.   There's that little Miss Nu-Boobs Whore teaching second grade.   He'd latch right on to that skank.



I'm sensing you've either had an unhappy marriage, or a bitter stretch as a single dude.
 
2014-02-18 10:47:05 AM  
At least they didn't cancel Spring Break
 
2014-02-18 10:51:05 AM  

Skunkwolf: Some students have jobs.


Yep, exactly. After age 14 I had 2 weekend jobs that took up the days(farm labor/general landscaping) and nights(busboy/dish biatch) After age 16 I had those jobs plus the best job ever. Lifeguard.

Why these schools make such a big deal out of missing a few more days is beyond me. WHO CARES?
 
2014-02-18 10:59:40 AM  
I recall that we were allowed to lose (IIRC) up to a week of school before "makeup days" got scheduled, and they built in a week in June for exactly that purpose.

Why can they not schedule this? "3rd week of June is the 1st of summer vacation, unless we've missed over 5 days of school due to weather"?
 
2014-02-18 11:03:08 AM  
www.msu.edu
 
2014-02-18 11:10:17 AM  

AngryDragon: NickelP: I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that

This.  They get paid overtime or something?


Don't be silly. Are you suggesting next they get paid for the 20-30 hours of grading, lesson planning, and requalifications too?

Teachers get really screwed over almost all the time.
 
2014-02-18 11:17:44 AM  
We had 2 Saturday make up days when I was in 4th grade. All we did was watch films and fark off until time to go home.
 
2014-02-18 11:19:10 AM  

Riche: 78% ?

That's a lot better than I would have predicted.


Seems high.

They pulled that stunt a few times back when I was in school.  I have no idea how many people showed up, because I certainly didn't.  The last few times, I didn't even bother faking illness, I just said "it's Saturday.  I'm not going to school" and my parents dropped the issue.
 
2014-02-18 11:19:26 AM  

limeyfellow: AngryDragon: NickelP: I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that

This.  They get paid overtime or something?

Don't be silly. Are you suggesting next they get paid for the 20-30 hours of grading, lesson planning, and requalifications too?

Teachers get really screwed over almost all the time.


It's a wonder anybody ever applies to be a teacher if they are getting "screwed over all the time".

Protip- the grading time, lesson planning, great vacation time, incredibly generous pension, etc etc are all in the package. If you are getting "screwed", farking quit.
 
2014-02-18 11:22:15 AM  
Why wouldn't you just add a few days in June.  That's what we did every year.  Worked out OK.
 
2014-02-18 11:25:43 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: I live in the Hampton Roads area and had a gig postponed because all the kids were gonna be in school that day. Worked out for me, as I'm fighting a cold right now and had laryngitis that day!

Yesterday was a makeup day for other schools in the area. Kids are pissed because they have to go in on a holiday or a Saturday. I say, "Yeah, well we stayed in school until  Julyone year to make up for missed days from school!" Only time I ever celebrated my birthday with my classmates.


Never been asked to go in on a saturday, nor has school year ever been extended due to snow days. They issue a calendar at the start of the year which declares when school is finished, and they stick to it.

/Canada, ftw!
 
2014-02-18 11:26:32 AM  
State legislators require so many days of school. So you have to cancel holidays and add time on saterday to make it up. If you still have extra days needing to be made up you can ask the legislature to trim the needed amount. But that is a last option type thing.
 
2014-02-18 11:32:06 AM  

mjones71822: State legislators require so many days of school. So you have to cancel holidays and add time on saterday to make it up. If you still have extra days needing to be made up you can ask the legislature to trim the needed amount. But that is a last option type thing.


Plus, school funding in CA is based on attendance. You get (x) amount of dollars per student per day. I don't know if other states do it this way, but I would guess they do.
 
2014-02-18 11:35:18 AM  
In (the four different school district I attended in) Iowa, we usually had about 4-5 snow days a year. They were always made up in June at the end of the year. Nobody ever suggested holidays or Saturdays. Nobody treated the makeup days as any different from any other day, and everybody expected them.
 
2014-02-18 11:58:36 AM  

mjones71822: State legislators require so many days of school. So you have to cancel holidays and add time on saterday to make it up. If you still have extra days needing to be made up you can ask the legislature to trim the needed amount. But that is a last option type thing.


Like many other laws, it's pretty messed up. My experience was always that it took the teachers only a day to a few days to get back on schedule depending on how long the snow days lasted.

The days at the end of the year were, for the most part, watching movies or playing subject-relevant games until the teachers could let us go. Except for that one teacher who was always a dick about going right up until the end. Those extra days at the end of the year were pretty much useless.

Additionally, families planned things well in advance based on the published schedule, and the published schedule never or rarely (though it may have changed for most people) showed additional days.

I would suggest to schools and legislators that they make hard beginning and end dates while scheduling in additional days to compensate for days off, then if the extra days aren't needed they can announce additional vacation. It works out better for human behavior. You bet your kid will bring home a note saying a day of school is canceled and parents won't schedule something that conflicts with the Saturday or canceled holiday.
 
2014-02-18 12:00:28 PM  
Mom and Dan got a snow day ;)
 
2014-02-18 12:02:11 PM  
For all you people that skipped Saturday school, the joke's on you. Your truancy was noted on your Permanent Record.
 
2014-02-18 12:04:31 PM  
My kid has already been to school two Saturdays for snow make ups so I'm getting a kick.

They've got like 4 more days to make up, too.

/stupid part is they're half days...9-1245...instead of a full day they could count as two make up days
//the other stupid part is he's in year round school which means he's supposed to track out in a month or so...but they can't add the days on at the end because reasons so it looks he's going țo have like 6 weeks of 6 day school weeks
 
2014-02-18 12:10:22 PM  

BEER_ME_in_CT: Yep, exactly. After age 14 I had 2 weekend jobs that took up the days(farm labor/general landscaping) and nights(busboy/dish biatch) After age 16 I had those jobs plus the best job ever. Lifeguard.

Why these schools make such a big deal out of missing a few more days is beyond me. WHO CARES?


As i had once heard it, schools days are tied to funding. Meaning, schools have to be open X-number of days to get its full share.


In NYC for example (again, as i have heard it) they have 183 days on the schedule, and 3 of them are potential weather-related closing days. If they have the school open for less than 180 days, they get their funding yanked.
 
2014-02-18 12:13:21 PM  

DarkVader: Riche: 78% ?

That's a lot better than I would have predicted.

Seems high.

They pulled that stunt a few times back when I was in school.  I have no idea how many people showed up, because I certainly didn't.  The last few times, I didn't even bother faking illness, I just said "it's Saturday.  I'm not going to school" and my parents dropped the issue.



All teachers HAVE to take attendance-- the school REALLY gets on your ass if you ever fail to do it.

Back when I was teaching    ** shudder **   they explained it to me like this:  "Your attendance record is a LEGAL DOCUMENT.  Do it EVERY TIME, do it RIGHT EVERY TIME.  It (and you) might be subpoenaed in court some day if one of your students is accused of robbing a liquor store or something when he was supposed to be in class. Trust me, you DO NOT want to get dragged on the stand and have to explain to the judge how you sometimes just blew off attendance taking or sometimes just marked your students as 'present' instead of checking."

There were other less severe but still serious situations when you really want accurate attendance records:  if a kid cuts class and lies about it, for instance.
 
2014-02-18 12:30:24 PM  

Fano: what nerdlingers came to saturday detention? a jock, a psycho,

a criminal, a nerd, a princess, and a basket case?

/Pet peeve
 
2014-02-18 12:33:46 PM  
I'm shocked the numbers were that high.  I guess once you have kids, you'll endorse anything to get them out of your hair on a weekend?

Riche:

All teachers HAVE to take attendance-- the school REALLY gets on your ass if you ever fail to do it.

Back when I was teaching    ** shudder **   they explained it to me like this:  "Your attendance record is a LEGAL DOCUMENT.  Do it EVERY TIME, do it RIGHT EVERY TIME.  It (and you) might be subpoenaed in court some day if one of your students is accused of robbing a liquor store or something when he was supposed to be in class. Trust me, you DO NOT want to get dragged on the stand and have to explain to the judge how you sometimes just blew off attendance taking or sometimes just marked your students as 'present' instead of checking."

There were other less severe but still serious situations when you really want accurate attendance records:  if a kid cuts class and lies about it, for instance.


I'm pretty sure they didn't enforce that at the high school I went to.  On every report card it would have a count of the number of absences for each and every course.  The number of days recorded varied pretty wildly from class to class.
 
2014-02-18 12:50:50 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: limeyfellow: AngryDragon: NickelP: I'm surprised they got the teachers to show up for that

This.  They get paid overtime or something?

Don't be silly. Are you suggesting next they get paid for the 20-30 hours of grading, lesson planning, and requalifications too?

Teachers get really screwed over almost all the time.

It's a wonder anybody ever applies to be a teacher if they are getting "screwed over all the time".

Protip- the grading time, lesson planning, great vacation time, incredibly generous pension, etc etc are all in the package. If you are getting "screwed", farking quit.


You are absolutely correct, that it is all part of the package and no one is hiding it from future teachers....but the last part of your statement is also true, a lot of teachers are quitting.  The teaching profession is starting to see some of the highest turnover ever.  Most new teachers don't teach beyond 5 years, the older ones are just holding out until they hit their desired retirement date.

One can make the argument that teachers knew what they were getting into, but don't start to complain about the quality of education when teachers also know they can get out of it just as easily.

If it is a crap job, don't complain when only crappy people take the job and the product then becomes crap.
 
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