The Mars Area School District would like to offer flexible instructional days this coming school year.
The days allow school districts to still operate even when classes are cancelled due to bad weather by allowing students to turn assignments in electronically.
At a school board meeting last night, Mars officials approved a resolution that allows the district to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Education if they can offer the days. Mars Superintendent Wes Shipley said the district has the infrastructure in place to make it possible.
The Mars Teachers’ Association is also in favor of this option. Administrators and teachers must still interact with each other, and students, on these days.
The state allows districts to include up to five flexible instructional days per school year but some traditional snow make-up days must be used first.