Forsyth County school board has approved Feb. 18, 21 and 22 and April 26 as makeup days to compensate for the week of Jan. 10, when students missed five days of classes due to a winter storm.
The board’s solution adds four make-up days for the six of lost instruction time. Students were also out due to inclement weather on Dec. 16.
“We still more than meet the number of instructional minutes that we are required to have and that’s important to us,” said Joey Pirkle, associate superintendent.
“I do feel better that they’re making up at least four of the six days, especially with three of them being before the CRCT and other testing.”
The board has also approved converting March 18, an early-release day, into a full day. That will provide a few more hours of class time leading up to testing in April.
After the meeting Thursday, new board member Kristin Morrissey said the makeup dates around President’s Day could affect some families' travel plans.
"Unfortunately, that was where the most days were that we could take to make up the snow days,” she said. “In the end, it will be a parental choice. Hopefully, most children will be in school.”
There had been talk of extending the school year by two days, but board member Nancy Roche said that “would not be good instructional time for our students."
“We felt it was more important to put days into the teachers’ calendar and give them professional learning days,” she said.
Added board member Ann Crow: “We knew that we could not touch spring break because that would affect too many families.”