School make-up days scheduled

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Newton County students won't get as long a winter break as they once expected, due to school cancellations last week as a result of snow and icy weather.

Students and staff members will have to make up three of the five days missed last week, according to a recommendation from Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews. The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Two of the makeup days will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, and Thursday, Feb. 17, which originally were scheduled as part of a winter break. Students and staff still will take a winter break on Friday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 21.

The third makeup day is scheduled for Monday, March 14, which was originally scheduled as a student holiday and teacher work day.

According to state education laws, a local board of education may elect not to reschedule up to four days when a school was closed due to an emergency, disaster, act of God, civil disturbance or shortage of vital or critical materials, supplies or fuel without requesting a waiver from the Georgia Department of Education.

Already this year, NCSS is operating on a 178-day student calendar, instead of the required 180-day calendar, to save money. So, NCSS is required to make up at least three of the missed days.

Students and staff will get a spring break April 4 through 8. The last day for students is scheduled for Thursday, May 26; teachers will have a post-planning day on Friday, May 27.