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South Henry board sets eLearning make-up days

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Spring Break is going to be a couple days shorter for Tri students this year. And they need to pack their laptops if they’re going out of town.

The Titans have missed six days of school already this year because of bad weather. The eLearning days will allow them to complete work at home or while on vacation.

Students made one of those missed days up with their first eLearning day on Presidents Day.

The South Henry School Board approved a plan Tuesday to use have on-site make-up days March 25-26, the first two days of scheduled Spring Break.

The next two days, March 27-28, will be eLearning days. Students will be able to access instruction through their school-issued computers on those days.

The final day will be made up as an eLearning day Saturday, April 20.

Superintendent Wes Hammond recommended his plan to the school board after discussing it with both building principals and the teachers’ association.

Hammond said this plan will let students meet their graduation requirements without having to reschedule the ceremony.

“I think it’ll work,” Hammond said. “It worked really well the first go-round. We had great attendance.”

South Henry School Corporation still has one eLearning day left, in case school has to be out for any reason.

Hammond is also working to update all of the corporation policies for the school board. The board will look at more than 400 individual policies in the next two months.

The board members received the first batch of policies Tuesday and will continue reviewing them over the next two months.

The schedule is to have a vote on the revised policies May 14, Hammond said.

“It’s going to really help us to have that updated,” Hammond said.

The South Henry School Board also approved an agreement Tuesday with Pepsi. 

Hammond said SHSC will receive a portion of sales made at Pepsi machines throughout the building.

Tri schools will continue to follow the federal guidelines mandating only zero/low-calorie drinks to be sold during school hours, Hammond said. Regular drinks will be available from the machines 30 minutes after the school day ends.

Per the contract, Pepsi will create a $2,000 scholarship for the school corporation and a $6,000 sponsorship for the Tri student activities fund each year, Hammond said.

On the topic of building security, Hammond praised school resource officer Stacey Guffey for the work he’s already done as part of the South Henry team.

Hammond also reported the architectural drawings are almost finalized for secured entrances at both school buildings.

The South Henry School Board meets again at 7 p.m. April 9 in the Tri High School library, 6972 S. Ind. 103.