Some school districts use President's Day for snow day make up

Years of tradition went out the window today as several local school corporations held classes on the federal holiday known as President’s Day.

“Traditionally it’s been a day off for our students but because of the large number of snow days we went to our board and asked their permission to have school today,” said Superintendent Richard Reese with the John Glenn Community School Corporation. “And we are here in session with students attending and our attendance rate has been excellent today.”

For John Glenn, salvaging the school calendar took precedence over celebrating President’s Day.

“We talked with our teacher’s association, they seemed to be OK with it, went to our school board, tried to get some input from our staff and community, parents,” said Superintendent Reese. “I think most people realize they’d rather go now than in June.

The superintendent figured it was better to change the district’s stance on President’s Day than to risk having to reschedule graduation ceremonies now set for June First.

“It’s very, very, tight, I’m a firm believer in trying not to reschedule those important dates. I mean family, friends from out of town, places have been booked for many, many, months,” said Reese.

While students in districts like John Glenn, Middlebury and Plymouth kept close to the test tubes this holiday, students from several other districts were using inner tubes to sled down the hill at St. Patrick’s County Park.

“Thankfully, where my children go to school we’re at a private school and we have broken even right now with the number of days that we have called off and the number of snow days that we have built in, so we don't have any snow days that we need to make up at the school my children go to,” said Judy Riboni.

PHM parent Bob Wolf was happy with his school district’s decision to remain closed for President’s Day, saying that his children had very little time to enjoy themselves during the previous snow days. “It was so cold, couldn’t go outside because it was just too cold to go out.”

A spokesperson for the South Bend Community School Corporation said that President’s Day is a scheduled day off for all contracted employees and that time constraints made it impossible to make a change.

Some school districts in LaPorte County called kids into class today for President’s Day but ended up having to dismiss them early due to heavy snowfall (Michigan City, LaPorte, New Prairie).

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