Updated: Thursday, 26 May 2011, 10:25 PM MDT
Published : Thursday, 26 May 2011, 10:18 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Are your kids going to school Tuesday? They are supposed to; It's the final make up day from February’s week long trip back into the ice age.
APS has already made up three of the four lost days from that cold snap, but the state rejected the district's plan to get rid of the 4th makeup day. That means your kids are supposed to be in their seats when the bell rings Tuesday.
Del Norte High School student Kathy Mora thinks the school year is over, “It's already summer.”
Sophomore Omar Nimer said he didn't even know about the makeup day.
“I thought it was just a makeup day for finals,” said Nimer. “I wasn't planning on going because I did all my finals.”
Mora said her teachers told her she didn’t have to come.
“That only if we didn't finish our finals we had to come,” she said.
But they do have to come, or at least they are expected to.
In the past, when APS has been faced with adding snow makeup days after the Memorial Day weekend, there's been an outcry from parents and teachers, so the district added minutes to the school day instead, knowing that attendance after the holiday would be abysmal anyway.
But not this year. The district surveyed parents and teachers, and most of them wanted APS make up three days this spring and to ask the state to let the 4th makeup day slide. The state said no.
“I don't think it makes a lot of sense,” Parent Andor Abonyi said.
He said he doesn’t expect much from teachers Tuesday.
“They are probably going to stick in a movie. That's what my expectation is,” said Abonyi.
Abonyi said one of his sons will go to school Tuesday, but the other will be out of town, like so many other kids.
“Either summer school or activities or go to the families. I don't believe that it is going to be a major turnout.”
News 13 asked APS what percentage of kids it thinks will show up to class on Tuesday, and if they'll actually be learning anything. All the district would say is it expects kids to show up.
News 13 spoke to a middle school teacher who told us all of her students have already told her they won't be in class for one reason or another.