Local schools checking makeup day options

2014-01-24T15:25:00Z 2014-08-25T23:00:21Z Local schools checking makeup day optionsWENDY MITCHELL wendy.mitchell@lee.net Ledger Independent
January 24, 2014 3:25 pm  • 

As more polar weather threatens the area, local school districts are already calculating how to offset missed school days.

As of Friday, in Mason County, all nine of the missed days will have to be made up.

Exactly which remaining school calendar dates will be used to do that has yet to be decided by the Mason County School Board, MCS officials said on Friday.

At St. Patrick School in Maysville, five days have been missed through bad weather, but make-up days have not been scheduled, officials said.

Lewis County Schools are also looking into how to offset the 10 days missed there.

According to Jamie Weddington, LCS director of pupil personnel, the LCS board will be revising the school calendar , “...in the near future.”

At Augusta Independent School, which has missed 10 days, "...so far,"  the schedule has been adjusted to account for the five days not built into the annual calendar, officials said.

“Right now, we expect to have to extend the school year an extra week, with the tentative date of May 23 being the last day of school,” said AIS Superintendent Lisa McCane.

Graduation day will adjust as well, also occurring May 23, if that remains the last day of school, she said.

“From now on this year, I think people have adjusted to the cold, so it is going to have to be snow or ice before we cancel any more days,” McCane said.

St. Augustine School, in Augusta, usually follows the AIS schedule, though students only missed nine days because of weather and another because of a dioceses request.

Officials are considering being more flexible in order to miss less days, said SACS Principal Christy Jones.

“We think there are days students can get here without relying on the bus, so we are consulting with the diocese about it,” Jones said.

Bracken County School District has missed 11 days and is looking at June 2 as the last day of school, officials said.

Students in the Fleming County School District have missed 10 days so far for weather, with 14 days planned as make-up days, making the last day of school there June 4, officials said.

Officials just have to choose which dates will be used, said Karen Kirby, FCS director of pupil personnel .

"We actually started the school year later, because the new school was not ready so we were running later in the year anyway," Kirby said.

At Robertson County School District, which has missed nine days, a committee will be choosing from 16 dates to use as make-up days, said Interim Superintendent Patti Price.

In Ohio, the system works a little different, said Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Naylor.

“The state has five days they forgive; anything beyond that we will have to make up,” she said.

As of Friday, RULH has missed a total of 11 days, with six to make up, officials said.

A system to allow the use of a program called Blizzard Bags is being considered, Naylor said.

“We are looking into how to do it. What it is suppose to do is allow students who cannot get to school, because the buses cannot safely run, to do their lesson online, or by paper copy if they do not have computer access, for up to three days,” she said.

Officials at Manchester Local School District also have to make up any days in excess of the five forgiven days, said MLSD Superintendent Craig Hockenberry.

“Village roads are in good shape, but with the freezing, thawing and refreezing of the country roads, we have had spotters letting us know how they are,” Hockenberry said. “Safety is our main concern.”

The idea of having carpools for rougher roads is also being considered, he said.

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