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School makeup days tacked on to year end

Having lost a full week of school last week for the big December snow, the Henderson County school year will be extended for a week and end June 14, administrators announced. The makeup days apply to traditional and Henderson County Early College calendars, with a few other minor changes to satisfy the state’s requirement of instructional hours.

 

“We realize it’s never an ideal situation when we have to make up time lost to inclement weather,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. John Bryant. “However, with significant uncertainty regarding what kind of future weather we may have between now and early spring, this decision by our administrators and board of education preserves calendar flexibility between now and the end of winter, while ensuring our students receive the quality, face-to-face instruction they deserve.”

In addition to the weeklong extension (with June 14 dismissing early at noon), changes to the Traditional calendar include designating Jan. 22 a student day for staff and students instead of a required teacher workday; Jan. 28 will now be a required teacher workday with no school for students instead of a student day. March 18 will now be an annual leave day instead of an optional teacher workday. April 15-17, 2019, are now “no days” instead of annual leave days for staff – though students’ and staff’s Spring Break remain intact for now.

“With this revision, no one is in school at that time – just like a regularly scheduled Spring Break – but the new designation of ‘no days’ helps prevent staff from having to use their annual leave days that are now dwindling, thanks to the snow days we had to take,” Bryant explained.

Finally, June 17, 2019 is now a required teacher workday for staff on the Traditional calendar.

A short week of school at the end of the year was also added to the Early College calendar: May 28-31, 2019, are now student days (with May 31 dismissing early at noon). Additional changes to the calendar include making Jan. 2, 2019, the first day back to school after the holiday break, instead of Jan. 3, 2019; the 2nd is now a student day instead of a required teacher workday. And March 18, 2019, is now an annual leave day instead of an optional teacher workday for staff on the Early College calendar.

As with the Traditional calendar, April 15-17, 2019, are now “no days” instead of annual leave days for staff on the Early College calendar, with students out the whole week as planned for Spring Break, for now.

“As always, future weather will dictate any other calendar revisions in the upcoming year,” Bryant said.