Thursday, February 3, 2011
Schools plan for make-up days
By SUE WATSON
Although the boards of trustees for the school districts may have not yet acted, administrators are crafting plans for scheduling make-up days for those missed due to snow.
Don Randolph, superintendent of the Marshall County School District, said all the schools so far have six snow days to make up. H.W. Byers school has two additional days to make up for when the school was closed at the beginning of the school year to check on equipment in the cafeteria.
The state superintendent of education told school administrators last week that school districts must make up their snow days, he said.
There could be a possibility that the state would make some arrangements, if a school has more than eight snow days, he said, but not likely. The only time in recent history when the governor has forgiven missed school days was after Hurricane Katrina when schools on the Gulf Coast were destroyed by water and wind, Randolph said.
Although the Marshall County School District’s board has to approve these days, he provided the following schedule which he will submit for consideration.
Friday, April 1, and Friday, May 6, were already written in as snow make-up days or as holidays. Additional snow make-up days for all schools are President’s Day - Monday, Feb. 21, and Good Monday, April 25. Students were supposed to be let out of school May 25, but make-up days will extend the school calendar by adding two more days – May 26 and May 27.
H.W. Byers, which has eight days to make up, will add two more days onto the calendar – May 31 and June 1, he said.
If more snow or bad weather causes additional missed days for the district, the county could use Good Friday as a make-up day, Randolph said.
“This plan has to be approved by our board of trustees and will be presented to the board on February 8,” Randolph said.
With respect to illnesses, he said there has been no excessive absenteeism in the district this year to date.
“So far, so good,” he said.
Eileen Dowsing, assistant superintendent of the Holly Springs School District, said one snow day has already been made up and three are left. Students will attend classes on Presidents’ Day, “and we have not decided on the other two make-up days,” she said.
“We have a week at the end of school built in, if needed,” Dowsing said. “You never know. Four days of snow in January, that’s wild! We still have February and March. We just have to play this by ear.”
Marshall Academy headmaster Jane Hubbard said the school missed three days due to snow and ice. The school has two scheduled snow make-up days. She is unsure if the school will be required to make up the third day.
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