Orange County Schools forgive missed days
The board for Orange County Schools has agreed to forgive the three days that wintry weather has caused students to miss.
OCS students are in school more than the minimum requirement of 1,025 hours so forgiving the three days does not interfere with state law for needed hours of instruction.
Forgiving the missed days was recommended by OCS Superintendent Gerri Martin and was considered along with school on Saturday and extending the school day to recoup the lost time.
Teachers and staff will have to makeup the missed days using either teacher workdays or other earned leave time.
“This was a tough decision,” said board chair Donna Coffey. “Decisions like this are not easy but the severity of the weather this year caused us to consider things that we normally would not have to consider. The board had to consider the class time for students but we had to weigh other concerns too.”
Those other concerns include community events and staff with additional employment.
“Their decision was not taken lightly,” Martin said. “Forgiving a school day is one less day of instruction for a student. Everyone wants what is best for our students.”
Orange County Schools dismissed early Monday because of wintry weather including sleet and freezing rain. Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools canceled after-school activities past 6 p.m.