Erin Smith Staff writer
February 21, 2014
ELIZABETHTOWN — After much deliberation, he Bladen County Board of Education has released its makeup schedule for the most recent round of snow days.
The makeup days will be as follows:
— Friday, March 28, which was originally set aside as a protected teacher workday, will now become a student class day;
— Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13, which were originally set aside as protected teacher workdays, will now become student class days;
— and Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, will now become protected teacher workdays.
“This schedule allows students and staff to makeup missed time without effecting spring break or requiring Saturday attendance,” said Bladen County Schools Public Relations and Information Officer Valerie Newton.
She added that any additional days needed this academic year for inclement weather could result in some serious juggling of the calendar in the form of the loss of time for spring break or it may require some Saturday attendance.
“If the district should experience any additional inclement weather days, the only available time to make up those days will be spring break or Saturday attendance. School districts are required by law to deliver a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction for students,” said Newton.
The school system was already making up instructional hours that were lost to snow days that occurred in late January. In that incident the school district opted to extend the school day by 12 minutes for students and 16 minutes for staff in order to “cover the time needed for first four snow days.” According to Newton, this schedule will continue to be followed and the same schedule will apply to the newly added make up days as well.
School calendars are required to meet several requirements in the sate of North Carolina. Some of those requirements are as follows:
— Start date no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and end date no later than the Friday closest to June 11 (unless a weather related calendar waiver has been approved, year-round school, charter school or cooperative innovative high school.) If waiver is approved the start date can be no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 19.
— There are no educational purpose waivers for exemption of the opening/closing dates.
— All schools within the district must be closed all day for purposes of determining eligibility for a weather related waiver (delayed starts or early dismissals of two or more hours no longer apply).
— Cover nine calendar months.
— Must have a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.
In all, a total of eight days have been lost by Bladen County Schools because of winter weather so far.