Students in Hall County schools are probably not happy to know they will be in school two days later this year.
The Hall County Board of Education on Monday at its regular work session approved two makeup days.
The district will take advantage of the calendar’s student makeup days on May 26 and 27 and post-planning makeup days for teachers on May 28 and 29.
“These were the days already in the calendar, so they decided that over a year ago when they approved the calendar,” Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield said. “These are the two inclement weather days planned, and we decided with the amount of school we lost, it was time to put them in.”
Hall County Schools closed its doors Feb. 16-19 and 24-26 after a state of emergency was declared and freezing rain and snow fell heavily throughout the county.
Despite the board’s decision, Schofield previously said school districts that have tacked extra days onto the end of the school year typically found the days to be unnecessary or unproductive.
Some teachers, however, are grateful for the extra days.
“It seems like some people feel it’s all about the big tests in April,” said Amy Chosewood, sixth-grade accelerated math teacher at North Hall Middle School. “They think, ‘Oh, but they’ve already taken their tests.’ But it still is very important to me to have those extra days to get that curriculum in, because my students do a full year of sixth grade and then half the seventh-grade curriculum. So in an accelerated curriculum, every day truly does count.”
Chosewood said she also believes people would prefer to stay just two extra days at the end of the year than have to come extra days during spring break.
“People have made plans, reservations, those kinds of things,” she said. “And I think spring break is a much-needed break in the spring, so these two more days will be beneficial for the students.”
Schofield previously expressed interest in making up the lost time “creatively.”
“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,” Schofield said following the storms.