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Hall County Schools adds 'catch-up day' to fall schedule
The Hall County School District board of education meets on Monday, Sept. 28 at Chestatee High School in Gainesville. - photo by Nathan Berg

Students will have an additional day off this fall on Oct. 26. 

The Hall County Board of Education during its Sept. 28 meeting unanimously approved a teacher work day and “student catch-up day” for Monday, Oct. 26.  

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bales recommended the district adopt the extra day off of classes so both students and teachers could catch up on work. Bales said some teachers and school administrators had expressed concerns to him that school staff were being overworked due to extra responsibilities they have been asked to pick up to continue offering in-person schooling.  

Bales said many teachers have been involved in teaching both in-person and remote students, and “have not had the opportunity or time to collaborate in professional learning or time to create additional lesson plans for those models.” 

“A couple weeks ago, (Will) Schofield gave me the charge of looking at our calendar to provide some quasi possibilities to provide some relief,” Bales said.  

Bales said students could take the day to remain home and work on assignments they may have fallen behind on, while school employees could come into school buildings and take care of things such as meetings they have not had time to hold since students returned to classrooms. 

“The district recognizes the need to take a day to pause and give both students and teachers time to gather themselves in order to be best prepared to move forward,” Bales wrote via email. “If we want to be able to maintain in-person instruction, we have to honor the needs of our team members.” 

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