HAZLETON - According to the Standard Speaker, the PA Department of Education has reportedly shot down the Hazleton Area School District's plans to transition to a four-day school week during the winter months of this school year.
A spokeswoman for the department, Nicole Reigelman, said that schools in our state have an obligation to prove 180 days of instruction.
"The Secretary of Education may grant a limited exception to this requirement when warranted by a ‘meritorious educational program,’” Reigelman said. “Over the summer, the Hazleton Area School District made a request for an exception, however, after careful review, the Secretary did not find that exception was warranted, and the request was denied.”
The decision caught the district’s superintendent and board members off guard.
Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler said he was unaware of the department’s decision.
“I haven’t received anything in writing and I haven’t heard anything verbally,” Butler said.
District officials had expected the department would OK the calendar changes.
If the calendar would've been approved, students would then only have 176 days of classes.