PICKENS COUNTY — The recent cancellations of school due to Hurricane Irma have prompted School District of Pickens County officials to put into effect make-up days for students.
According to a release from the district, students will now attend school on March 16 and Friday, March 30 to make up for the missed days.
Both days had been previously built in to the school calendar to use in case of inclement weather, said SDPC Information Specialist John Eby.
According to South Carolina law, all 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,” said Eby. “If more than six total days are missed, districts must ask the South Carolina legislature to grant forgiveness for additional missed days.”
But for students at Hagood Elementary School, that means three days: Hagood kids missed a third day of school due to a power outage and while the rest of the district was on a two-hour delay, classes at Hagood were cancelled.
They will make up their missed day on Oct. 16, which had been scheduled as a teacher work day, Eby said.
“Holding Hagood’s make-up day on October 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.