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Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively
Technology, parent conferences among options being considered
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After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

Both school districts will likely not require students to make up every missed school day, according to the superintendents.

“Being declared a state of emergency county in Hall County, you have every option from not making up any of the times you missed last week, to tacking it on to the end of the year, to becoming creative,” Hall County

Superintendent Will Schofield told the county Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday. “... I recommend we start becoming pretty creative.”

Schofield said historically, school districts that have tacked extras days onto the end of the school year typically found the days to be unnecessary or unproductive.

Instead, he said he hoped the district could use its many technologies and opportunities to its advantage and find another way to make up lost time.

The district was unable to use any of its digital or take-home learning options last week, because nearly 40 percent of its residents were without power at home.

Similarly, Gainesville Superintendent Wanda Creel said at the city Board of Education meeting Monday that the city school office staff had its hands full during the winter weather and credited those individuals for their efforts.

“We do not want to have to be faced with any of this in the future, but I do want to take the opportunity to thank a host of people who made last week — which was not a walk in the park — a tolerable experience.”

Schofield said the county central office staff would work on plans for making up class time and get back to the school board with those plans.

“Our thoughts are going to be that we probably come back to you with a package.”

Gainesville City Schools was able to use its online learning methods for teachers and staff on Feb. 16 because most of its employees were home with power. It will likely use some of these methods and possibly parent conferences in the evening to make up for lost time.

“We have not got a solidified plan yet, but we are working with some innovative options,” Creel said previously. “It’s not about making up hour-for-hour, but it’s about making sure we’ve not lost the quality teaching and learning during that time.”

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