Bibb schools to make up some snow days

jmink@macon.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Now that school is back in session across Middle Georgia after inclement weather, school systems will have to decide how to make up missed days.

Besides the past three days, Bibb County schools were also closed two days in early January because of extreme cold weather. Therefore, the district must make up at least one day, according to state regulations. But interim Superintendent Steve Smith will recommend to the Board of Education that two days are made up.

“So we’ll only lose three days,” he said.

After being closed since Tuesday, Bibb schools -- and most of those across the midstate -- returned to a normal schedule Friday.

Houston County schools, which were closed three days this week but did not cancel classes in early January, are not obligated to make up school days. Officials are still considering whether to make up any days and, if so, how to do so, district spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said.

In Bibb County, Smith plans to issue a survey to get parent and teacher feedback for the best way to make up those days -- a topic he plans to discuss Saturday during a called board meeting.

A strong possibility is having school during the district’s last scheduled furlough day in March. That would take care of one missed day. The furlough day is scheduled for March 17, according to the district calendar.

Operating on the March furlough day would be preferable to taking a day from the district’s winter break, because many parents already have made plans for that week, Smith said. Winter break is the week of Feb. 17.

And spring break “is a possibility, but I don’t think it would be a desirable possibility,” Smith said. “A lot of people have already made plans” for that period as well.

Another possibility is to hold an instructional day for students after Memorial Day. The last scheduled day for students is the Friday before Memorial Day, and teachers will work the Tuesday after the holiday.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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