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Students to make up at least one of seven days lost to weather


Schools may opt to add more instruction time



February 22, 2014
ATLANTA – Students in Fulton County will make up at least one school day lost to inclement weather, but plans for making up any other "snow days" will likely be decided by individual schools based on their unique needs.

So far, seven days of school have been missed by students in the Fulton County School System since January. Of those seven, four were waived by the Fulton Board of Education upon the recommendation of Superintendent Robert Avossa; one will be made up on March 14 and the remaining two will be determined at the local level.

A school spokesperson said some schools may opt to add extra minutes to the day in order to cover the curriculum, while others may choose other ways of getting students up to speed if necessary.

The rest of the school year calendar is unaffected by the makeup plans. Spring break remains on schedule for April 7-11 and the last day of school will be May 23. High school graduation dates are not impacted.

"We looked to our school leaders, parents and community for their input on how to make up the missed days," said Avossa. "We know that our schools' instructional needs are very diverse, and that a one-size-fits-all approach wasn't the best option. Some students are doing just fine with the missed days while others might need extra assistance to get back on track, especially those scheduled for Advanced Placement and End-of-Course exams."

In addition to converting March 14 from a teacher workday to an instructional day, district leaders also are exploring ways to provide students with additional academic support before or after school, and by offering digital resources for students to access their curriculum.

The CRCT testing window for elementary and middle school students is being pushed back four days, giving students and teachers five additional days to prepare for the series of tests. The testing window now begins April 22.

The CRCTs are the mandatory state tests given in elementary and middle schools that measure how well students are doing in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. It is the basis for gauging how well a school is doing under state and federal mandates.

Last week, the Georgia Board of Education passed a resolution that allows school systems flexibility on how to make up lost classroom days because the days were lost under a state of emergency for weather.

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