Longer school year possible for Paradise schools

With six days of learning lost because of shut-offs, the Paradise Unified School District is looking at how it can make up the days.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 8:55 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise Unified School District is looking to add on days to the end of the year, or taking some from upcoming breaks.

Several parents told us they are frustrated their kids might have an extra week of school.

Superintendent Tom Taylor said during the blackouts in October and November, students missed six days of school.

"The other part of it is that we have students who are not getting the learning that they need to. Every day they miss school, the learning isn't at the level we're expected for it to be and that's really big because we don't want our students falling behind," said Taylor.

Now, Taylor says, this leaves the question of how they will make up for the lost time.

Some parents say they are upset their kids will be in school for longer...

"So frustrating to hear that my son might have to lose some of his days which are his summer days because kids like to do fun stuff, go on vacation and - granted it's a few days - but it's not the kids' fault power gets shut off," said Alainna Murray.

Others say this is part of the new normal...

"Just another hurdle to get over," said Glenn Hartley. "Something else we didn't plan on having to overcome was the blackouts and the kids missing a significant amount of school. I know they missed a bunch last year, post-fire."

The district is required to have 180 days of school and Taylor told Action News Now they have asked for a waiver for those days missed.

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