TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Local schools, including the Vigo County School Corporation (VCSC), have announced they are canceling school on Tuesday, November 19, as educators from around Indiana attend the 'Red for Ed Action Day' at the Statehouse.
November 19 is Organization Day at the Statehouse. Legislators will be on-hand to talk about their priorities ahead of the 2020 Legislative Session. 'Red for Ed' coincides with Organization Day.
According to the Indiana State Teachers Association, topics to be discussed on 'Red for Ed Day' include: teacher compensation, hold harmless language from I-LEARN, and repealing externship requirements enacted earlier this year.
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In a statement, VCSC said, "Every day is important to the educational experience of our students, and utilizing our flexible schedule by cancelling school on November 19 and making it up on February 14 allows students to have a more significant academic experience."
Many educators in Vigo County requested personal days to travel to Indianapolis to share their concerns about school funding from the state.
The statement from VCSC went on to explain, "We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause you and your family, but snow days always come with a degree of inconvenience. It is our hope that by letting you know as early as possible, this inconvenience can be minimized while our local educators fight for sustainable educational funding in Indiana."
Director of Communications for VCSC, Bill Riley, said a letter will go home with parents on Friday to alert them of the snow day decision. Administrative offices will remain open. The Vigo County School Corporation will make the day up on Friday, February 14, 2020.
NORTH CENTRAL PARKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Late Friday morning, North Central Parke Community Schools also announced a closure, with a snow make up day of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
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"In consideration of the number of teachers who will be out, and as what appears to be the best way to show support for teachers, all NCP schools will be closed on that date," the North Central Parke district wrote on Facebook.
SOUTH VERMILLION SCHOOL CORPORATION
Early Friday afternoon, the South Vermillion School Corporation announced its schools will not be in session on November 19, but extracurricular activities will continue as normal. The snow make up day will be on Monday, February 17, 2020, pending board approval.
South Vermillion Superintendent, Dave Chapman, stated, “Please know that I fully support the teachers in this event. We also have an obligation to the students and having 54 classroom teachers requesting leave days on the 19th and only being able to fill less than half of those, we felt it was not in the best interest to conduct school without being able to provide quality instruction adequate supervision and maintain a level of school safety we feel comfortable with.”
WASHINGTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
On Wednesday, Washington Community Schools announced it would be closed on November 19. That school corporation will hold a make-up day on February 17. See their full statement below.
"A large number of teachers in the Washington School Corporation have expressed a desire to join their fellow educators at the Statehouse on November 19 to advocate for public education and their students. Adequate funding continues to be a concern; however, there are many additional issues that need to be addressed including teacher shortages, excessive high stakes standardized testing, and teacher licensing requirements.
Washington Community School Corporation is joining over 100 school districts across Indiana and will be closed Tuesday, November 19 due to a statewide rally “Red for Ed”, with a scheduled make-up day on February 17, 2020.
The public is welcome to join educators on the lawn of the Statehouse.to show their support for public education in our state. The rally begins at 10:00 am and ISTA President Gambill will speak at 10:30."
SOUTHWEST PARKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Southwest Parke Community Schools will be closed on November 19. The make-up day will take place on March 19, 2020.
NORTH DAVIESS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
In support of our teachers and public education, North Daviess Community Schools will be closed on Tuesday, November 19 to allow staff and community to attend Red for Ed Rally Day at the Indiana State House. This day will be made up on Monday, February 17, 2020.