PICKENS COUNTY — Students in the School District of Pickens County will attend school on March 16 and March 30 to make up for days missed due to Hurricane Irma. Both days were built in to the school calendar to use in case of inclement weather.
According to South Carolina law, schools must make up the first three days missed due to inclement weather before asking for days to be forgiven.
If more than three days are missed and subsequently made up, local school boards can elect to forgive up to three missed days. If more than six total days are missed, districts must ask the South Carolina legislature to grant forgiveness for additional missed days.
Students at Hagood Elementary School missed a third day of school due to a power outage at the school while the rest of the district was in session.
They will make up their missed day on Oct. 16, which had been scheduled as a teacher work day.
“Holding Hagood’s make-up day on Oct. 16 was recommended by the principal, our transportation staff, and our food services staff,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC superintendent. “Hagood’s teachers held a day of professional development at a neighboring school while the school was closed for the power outage, so logistically, this is the simplest choice. For Hagood students and parents, it should be a very normal day of school.”
SDPC has one more day, April 30, reserved on the calendar in case of inclement weather this year.