COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The people have spoken and the leaders have listened. Columbus County School leaders gave parents and teachers four options for making up eight days missed due to inclement weather, and they have come to a decision.
Students will attend school February 21, March 28, and June 13 to serve as makeup days missed during late January. The other five days missed will be forgiven, under the 1025 hours on instruction component of the Public School Calendar Law.
Columbus County School staff members will have to move some Professional Development Days (PD day) around in order to accommodate the new makeup day schedule.
The PD day scheduled for Feb. 21 has been moved to June 18, PD day scheduled for March 28 has been moved to June 19, and a mandatory Teacher Workday scheduled for June 13 has been moved to June 16.
The remaining five days of school have been moved to June, 20, 23, 23, 25, and 26, with an option for staff members to use accumulated leave.
Columbus County Superintendent Alan Faulk said of the four choices, the one listed above, was the most appealing to both teachers and parents. Other makeup day options included using vacation time in April to decrease the number of "no school" days.
The North Carolina Public School Calendar Law states that students must meet 1025 hours of instruction or attend school 185 days.
East, South, and West Columbus High Schools have an approved waiver in relation to time, due to their STEM infinity. All elementary and middle schools have in excess of 1025 instructional hours.
The North Carolina Public School Calendar Law mandates that the teacher calendar be composed of 215 days.
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