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Schools working on plans to make up missed days

CONYERS – School systems in Rockdale and Newton counties are working on plans to make up missed school days due to inclement weather this year.

Rockdale County Public Schools conducted an online survey this week to get input on how parents, teachers and staff would like to make up seven days missed from the classroom this year.

Both Rockdale and Newton school systems lost four instructional days in January as a result of frigid conditions. Recent Winter Storm Pax has caused Newton schools to miss two more classroom days in February, while Rockdale students missed three days on Feb. 11-13.

RCPS had scheduled make-up days to be on Feb. 17-19 and March 14 for January’s missed days, taking away a teacher workday and three days from the winter intercession which was initially planned to be the week of Feb. 17-21. However, with a one-question online survey that RCPS posted on its website Wednesday, the entire winter intercession, as well as the teacher workday on March 14, could be restored — but with a catch.

Students could have the option of having a whole week off in February, but to make this possible, each school day for the rest of the school year would be 30 minutes longer. In order to make up for lost instructional time and still allow students to enjoy time off, RCPS sought input from staff, parents and community members about adding 30 minutes to the end of each school day until the end of the academic year.

Survey takers simply answered “yes” or “no” in regard to extending the school day hours to make up for lost time.

As of Thursday afternoon, the survey was closed and the Rockdale school board was reviewing options for make-up days.

The Newton County School System has not yet made an official plan for how it will handle its make-up days.

“We are finalizing a plan to make up missed instructional time and will announce that to parents once it is complete,” said NCSS Public Relations Director Sherri Davis-Viniard.

Neither school system had announced its plans for attendance today as of presstime Thursday.