Wednesday, March 5, 2014
While schools are catching up on the days missed during Ice Storms Leon and Pax, the state senate is “forgiving” up to five days of classes cancelled.
The bill passed Wednesday and means the measure would waive state law requiring schools to make up all days missed from the chilly weather.
However, Sen. Sean Bennett, R-S.C. said the school districts are required to build three snow days into their calendars when such situations occur.
Dorchester District Two lost a total of five days from the ice storms.
“I think it probably affects the Upstate schools a little more because I think they missed a couple more days,” Bennett said.
At Feb. 24’s DD2 board meeting board members discussed what to do about at least two of the five cancelled school days.
March 14 is the next scheduled Teacher Work Day. There are half-days scheduled for March 5 and April 30.
In order to add more days for teachers to prepare their students for the end-of-the-year exams, boards members decided to turn March 14 into a full day of classes and the two half days will be stretched to full days as will, giving the district two full instructional days back.
Both the Senate’s and the board’s decisions were made with final examinations in mind.
“It gives the decision back to the schools,” Bennett said. “That was the rationale in my mind.”
DD2 board members will not be making any new decisions until after the bill becomes definitive.
The subject will be re-visited at the next board meeting, scheduled for March 10, said DD2 Public Information Officer Pat Raynor.