School System Running Out of "Snow Days"

January 13, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

It's only January but the DeKalb County School System is about to run out of "snow days".

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby said as of Friday, January 14th only two "snow days" remain to be used and any further days missed would have to be made up somewhere either during or at the end of the school year. Students have already missed a total of eight days of school due to inclement weather counting Friday, January 14th.

Ten days are built into the school calendar each year for "snow days" or inclement weather and three days were included this year for so called "stockpile" or professional development days. On the stock pile days, teachers have in-service but students do not attend. Two of the stockpile days have already been used and the other is scheduled for Friday, March 18th. Willoughby said the school board could elect to have school on the remaining stockpile day, if necessary.

If more than two days are missed between now and May 26th, the school board would have to decide how to make them up. Director Willoughby said the board has some options."This would be a board decision, but we could start looking at spring break or tacking on a day at the end of school. Right now the last day of school is scheduled for May 26th. That's on a Thursday. We could easily move that to a Friday or Saturday to come up another day or two. Hopefully this type weather is not going to continue but it looks like we're in sort of a pattern right now."

State law requires students to be in school a certain number of days each year.

Schools will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17th and for President's Day, Monday, February 21st.

Schools are scheduled to be closed for spring break March 21st-25th and for Good Friday, April 22nd.

Students will not attend on Wednesday, May 25th. That will be an administrative day and all teachers must attend. The last day of school will be Thursday, May 26. That will be an abbreviated school day.

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