INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public Schools changed its post-Super Bowl delay plans on Wednesday after the Indiana Department of Education said a 2-hour delay did not meet state guidelines.
The district had planned on delaying school on Monday by two hours, but Superintendent Eugene White said Wednesday that schools would be delayed only one hour, and would be extended by 30 minutes at the end of the day.
“A 1-hour delay gives us what we need to help our staff be ready in the morning, and meets the state’s instructional requirements,” White said during a news conference.Under state guidelines, schools are permitted waivers of instructional time for emergency purposes only, such as because of weather conditions, and the Colts’ appearance in the Super Bowl does not constitute an emergency.Schools that choose to close or delay classes otherwise must make up for that lost time. State law requires schools to have 180 full instructional days per school year.
“While we support the Colts, two-hour delays are reserved for emergency situations,” said Dr. Tony Bennett, state superintendent of public instruction. “We have presented IPS with alternatives that ensure our children receive the instructional time they deserve.
”DOE officials said IPS did not consult with them before announcing the two-hour delay. The agency had not yet released a statement on the revised delay plan.After the Colts’ Super Bowl appearance in 2007, IPS was forced to cancel classes because numerous bus drivers didn’t run their routes.