Jennings County school students will be making up next week’s missed school day on Feb. 17, which orginally was scheduled off for Presidents Day.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Joining several other school districts across the state, the Jennings County School Corp. has announced it has called off school for one day next week - Tuesday, Nov. 19.
It is a bonus holiday of sorts for students and school staffs, one that was unexpected until last week's announcement. However, the day will be made up later in the school year.
JCSC officials decided to cancel classes on Nov. 19 because about one-third of JCSC's approximately 200 teachers plan to attend a rally in Indianapolis as part of Red for Ed Action Day. With that many educators gone, it is impossible to line up enough substitute teachers to conduct school, according to Teresa Brown and others.
"We simply have to have enough adults to supervise the kids in school," explained Brown, JCSC superintendent. "With that many teachers gone, there is no way we can do that. This all comes down to student safety."
As of last Friday, more than 35 of nearly 300 school districts in the state have canceled classes for Nov. 19, including Madison Consolidated, Crothersville Community and Greater Clark County schools in southern Indiana and Indianapolis Public Schools, the largest district in Indiana.
More than 7,000 teachers, including around 70 from Jennings County, are expected to attend the rally, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association. The rally will take place at the Indiana Statehouse where educators will lobby for greater resources for students and teachers, including higher salaries, a change in teacher evaluations and the repeal of new professional development requirements that many have seen as burdensome.
Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus is hosting a special event for high school students and their parents to to learn about the college, its academic programs and other essential information to help students plan for their futures.
Hayden Elementary School students Blayne Lucas, left, and Keegan Price shake hands and talk with Jeremy Miller after Friday's Veterans Day program at the school. Miller is an Army veteran who is in the midst of a coast-to-coast walk to raise awareness on veterans suicide prevention. More photos from Veterans Day programs in the county will be in this week's issue of the Plain Dealer.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer