Dreading summer break? Quick, pack up the kids and move to Chino Hills, Calif.
A clerical error may send students to Rolling Ridge Elementary in Chino Hills and Dickson Elementary in Chino for an extra thirty-four days this year. That choir of angels? Really their parents singing “hallelujah.” We think that would drown out the groans from the kids, don’t you?
It turns out the California school district thought kids were attending the state-required one hundred eighty days this year, but a series of “short days” worked into the school calendar were not long enough to count. Thirty-four days, to be exact, fell short, some by as little as five minutes.
The strict state law was enacted to keep districts from shaving a few minutes here and there off the school day. Shortened days are OK’d for teacher prep work – but they must be at least one hundred eighty minutes long or the state won’t kick in its aid for the day.
Because of the days when kids attended for just one hundred seventy to one hundred seventy-five minutes, the schools may be out $7 million. And it isn’t as easy as just adding up all the missing minutes and sending the kids to school for that many (a total of a day or two). They will likely have to make up ALL thirty-four days.
The associate superintendent responsible for the screw-up is retiring this year. How convenient!
I know I’m supposed to feel bad for the kids here, but can you imagine thirty-four days of not finding daycare? Thirty-four extra days of not having them under your feet?