Story by: Lydia Kicklighter, Chyna Wallace and Lindsay Long

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With an entire week off of school, there’s no way it could simply slide by without students and teachers having to make up any days.  There are two definite makeup days, and talk of more in the the future.

When looking at the overall picture of makeup days, we are trying to evenly distribute the number of A days and B days made up,” Assistant Principal Tamara Turner said.  “So, the first makeup day [October 12] was an A day, and so November 9 will be a B day. So, with that, we will have made up one a day and one b day.”

The addition of these school days can interfere on students’ plans, requiring them to make new ones.  This happened to freshman Bryce Oberman, who had plans to spend time with his father for his birthday, but now they just have to celebrate his birthday after school.  

Some students, like junior Austin Brunt, had to make new accommodations for work and travel that were planned for November 9.

“It’s taking away time from me going to visit my mom in Charleston,” Austin said, “and I had to take off work.”

It’s not just students who are affected, some teachers had plans for November 9 that now either have to be rescheduled or missed.

“Well some of my student council members have to miss school to go to District Rally at Chapin High School,” Student Council Advisor and AP Social Studies teacher Laurie Humphrey said, “but I also get an extra day with my AP students, which is good because it’s only a semester class.”

Even though the idea of coming to school on a day that was originally supposed to be a holiday might sound upsetting, it can be viewed as a positive, and some students are already adapting that viewpoint.

“I think they [students] understand when they miss school, they have to make it up,” Turner said, “and our students at Dutch Fork are so academic they tend to not mind because a lot of them care so much about grades that they tend to be pretty positive about making up work.”

These days are built in where a district is able to miss an entire week of school and not have to extend the school year or graduation date to accommodate.

“I think it’s good because I would rather make it up now than do it over the summer,” sophomore Grayson Horton said.

While the decision to cancel school is difficult, so is deciding which days will be makeup for the ones that were missed.

“Our district office made this decision,” Turner said. “I think, after the flood, the principals met with members of our District Office to decide on preliminary makeup dates. Every year our school calendar gets a certain number of days automatically built in to the calendar, and our school board approves that, but the principles decided on the current makeup dates which would be A and B days.”
These days added in are helpful and definitely necessary, which can be seen by the week missed in October, and if there is any inclement weather in the winter.  And if there is snow, ice, sleet, or any conditions which make school impossible, there will need to be makeup days for that, as well.

“I think we have to make up 3 days [for the flooding],” Turner said. “In the event that winter is harsh, and we have more days out of school, I think we still have time left to make that up without going excessively into summer.”