A Possible Solution for Making-up Missed School Days
A student’s school attendance is impacted by illness and missed class time due to storm delays and cancellations. Usually, this time is made up by adding days to the end of the school year. Many families object to this plan as it complicates vacation planning or requires attendance during warmer weather in buildings that are not air-conditioned. One solution is to give students the option of online schooling on days when schools are closed. Also, students who miss school due to illness can be provided with online classes that make up for missed days. In some cases, makeup time can be flexible, including days beyond the school year.
Educators must have lessons prepared in advance if this plan is to work efficiently. Their lesson plans must be online and students must have laptops and an internet connection in their homes. Also, teachers would have to evaluate student progress.
Another application of online, makeup instruction is teacher absence. Rather than have a substitute teacher who may or may not have the qualifications of providing quality instruction, students can continue lessons online in school and/or at home.
The advent of computers and the internet have opened up many alternative ways of delivering instruction to K-12 students. Making-up classes is one of a number of possibilities.