2014-01-31 / Local News

School days missed due to snow will have to be made up

March 10 & 26 listed as make-up days on school calendar
Ledger Staff Writer

While students enjoyed an unexpected holiday this week, they will have to make up the missed school days.

State law requires students attend 180 days of classes each year except in special instances during which lawmakers can forgive missed days. Unless special legislation is passed by state lawmakers, the days will have to be made up, school superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore said.

The Cherokee County School District calendar lists March 10 and May 26 as school make-up days.

A black ice warning and refreezing on secondary roads led Cherokee County schools to close Thursday for a second consecutive day.

Local schools have been closed since Tuesday afternoon as a halfinch of snow and ice on secondary roads led to hazardous driving conditions.

The district notifies parents about school closings and delays through its “Alert Now” instant emergency message system. The decision to cancel classes is also publicized through area television stations and alerts on school closings this week have automatically appeared on the district’s website.

The district’s inclement weather policy is to make an announcement about school closings and delays by 5:30 a.m. on a school day, Moore said. Weather-related school closing decisions are made after consulting weather reports, evaluating the conditions of secondary roads and determining whether schools can be safely operated.

“The decision needs to be made early in order to make transportation arrangements,” Moore said. “Every reasonable precaution will be taken to assure students’ safety and welfare. Decisions regarding school schedule changes are made only after careful consideration of all information available to us and always with the safety of children in mind.”

There may be additional times this year when schools are closed because of emergency and weatherrelated causes. Moore said decisions will be made in a timely manner.

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