Bibb schools to make up one missed day

Snow days built into next year’s calendar

jmink@macon.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Bibb County schools will make up one “snow day” March 17, which originally was scheduled as a district furlough day, the school board decided Thursday.

The school system has missed seven days this year due to wintery weather. School districts can miss up to four days without making up any of them, and the state school board recently approved a resolution that exempts schools from making up days that were missed during declared state of emergencies. Therefore, most school districts, including Bibb, have the option of not making up any days.

Interim Superintendent Steve Smith recommended that the district make up one day. Because students already attend school an extra 30 minutes each day, they are more than making up for the lost time, Smith said.

“We’re in school an equivalent of 181 days,” he said, even with six missed days.

Board members also approved the 2014-2015 district calendar, which includes three built-in make-up days during winter break.

Next academic year, winter break is one week, Feb. 16-20. But students could be in school Feb. 16, Feb. 17 or Feb. 18, if school is closed before those dates for inclement weather.

“These are snow days, and they are until we say, ‘No we don’t need them,’” board member Lynn Farmer said. “So (parents) shouldn’t make plans.”

The first day of school is Aug. 1, and the last day is May 29.

Additionally, a five-year facilities plan, which was scheduled to be voted on during Thursday’s meeting, was not on the agenda.

The district was required to send the proposed plan to the state for a quality control check, and it has not yet been sent back to district officials, Smith said.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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