Official letter from RPS concerning early dismissal on March 23 | News
Dear RPS Families:
I would like to thank all who contacted me voicing their concern and support for this Friday's early dismissal. Below is additional information to help clarify why this decision was made.
In 2003, we experienced a similar situation, where the Rockford boys basketball team played in a semi-final game at 1:00 pm on a Friday at the MSU Breslin Center. The field house was packed with 10,000 plus Rockford students, parents, and fans.
State law requires 75% student attendance for schools to qualify for a day of funding and instruction. For RPS, that would represent 6,000 of our 8,000 students who must be in attendance. Our grades 9-12 alone represent 2,600 students. Based on the 2003 experience projected to 2012, we would lose a day of funding or be required to make the day up, which would happen on either the Friday before Memorial Day or the day after the last day of school in June. By having the students attend through the late morning this Friday, I can count the day for funding without a make-up day.
It is also important to note that the tournament is scheduled by the MHSAA and districts have no control over the tournament schedule.
I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you, and I trust this explanation helps. Thank you.
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools