2009-11-26 / Education

RAPS, teachers agree on plan to make up for flu closing

Roscommon Area Public Schools administrators and the Roscommon Education Association have come up with a plan they hope will prevent the school year from being lengthened as a result of recent days off prompted by a flu outbreak.

Classes were cancelled at RAPS Oct. 27-30 because of a high absence rate due to illness. Superintendent Dr. Millie Mellgren told the RAPS Board of Education Nov. 18 the school calendar had only five “snow days” built in, so Mellgren agreed that when that day is used up, the district will forego one professional development day for the first “snow day” beyond the one left in the calendar. The REA agreed to give up the President’s Day break if a second extra “snow day” occurs, and Mellgren said one more professional development day will be sacrificed if a third day is needed.

On a related topic, Mellgren said 565 people received the H1N1 flu vaccine in a clinic at Roscommon High School Nov. 17. Of those, 176 were under age 10, she said.

The board authorized the district’s health and safety committee to conduct an anonymous, voluntary on-line survey of seventh, ninth and 11th graders. Committee member Tracy Bosworth said the survey will include questions about use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; nutrition; physical activity; weight; sexual activity; depression; thoughts of suicide; violence and bullying. She said survey results will help the committee make decisions about improving programs and help the district qualify for grants.

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