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March 14 becomes full day of school
Lost time due to snow likely will be made up online
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING -- The Forsyth County school system is exploring ways students can make up instructional time lost during six days of winter weather in January and February.

“Immediately after we get back [to school] ... the question quickly becomes how are you going to make up those days,” said Superintendent Buster Evans.

Two of the days are covered by built-in inclement weather days, March 17 and April 21. As for the others, the schedule is the challenge.

Many parents want their children to make up the days, but don’t want to sacrifice spring break or have them go to school on Saturdays.

To that end, Evans said the system has turned March 14 into a full instructional day instead of an early release and has formed a committee to focus on how best to get students to make up hours, not days, through online learning.

In addition, the system has pushed CRCT testing back five days to allow more time to prepare. The tentative plan will be to begin testing on April 16 and finish April 23.

That change pleased Kristen Morrissey, a school board member. “This is what some people wanted regardless of inclement weather,” she said.

As for staff, Evans said officials are tentatively “looking at adding May 29 and 30 to be post-planning days for our teachers.”