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Hall aims to restore lost school days, pay from Irma
Will Schofield
Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield

Hall County Schools will make up two classroom days lost to Tropical Storm Irma, and administrators said they are working to ensure all employees are given the opportunity to recoup any lost wages.

A professional learning day is scheduled for Feb. 19 with age-appropriate instruction on the U.S. Constitution, media bias, CPR safety and money management.

And March 23 will be a normal school day and serve as a makeup date.  

“Often, the job of leadership is to consider what is allowable, and instead choose to make a decision that is right,” Superintendent Will Schofield said in an email to employees this week about the decision.

He added that the board had considered many options regarding the two days of lost instruction last month. Students were not in school for five days but completed school from home for three of those days.

“We are keeping in mind that winter has not even begun and we may lose additional days to ice and/or snow,” Schofield said.

The school closings in September also impacted work shifts for staff members.

“(Administrators) are doing everything possible to ensure that no employee loses pay due to the inclement weather,” Schofield said.

“I appreciate the herculean efforts many of our team members made to implement three days of school from home,” he added. “Additionally, classified employees worked above and beyond to ready our campuses and feed (those without power).”

For example, bus drivers used their personal vehicles checking routes, and some food service workers assisted in providing hot meals and showers to families.  

Brad Brown, executive director of personnel, said employees may be able to work the scheduled school days in February or March, and even work earlier or stay later with principal or supervisor approval.

Brown also said some staff may choose to work an extra day during the Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks.

“Every employee will have the opportunity to earn credit for time missed,” he added.

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