When the thousand year flood hit South Carolina, the one thing that the school board had to decide on was whether or not students and teachers were going to have to make up time for the flooding.
When the thousand year flood hit South Carolina, the one thing that the school board had to decide on was whether or not students and teachers were going to have to make up time for the flooding. When the time came to decide, they decided to have two makeup days this spring on March 25 and April 18.
On Monday night, a school board meeting was called to discuss the makeup days and hopefully dismiss the March 25 day. If the days are forgiven, it will be a day off for students. If not, everyone will have to come make up seat time.
“If they approve it–Dr. Hefner’s requested that–then the only day we have to make up left is April 18th,” Principal Gregory Owings said. “We’d get off March 25th which will be a holiday: that’s Good Friday and June 3rd is just a teacher work day. It’s not going to be a student day. So the school board has to vote on it to excuse that. And so hopefully we’ll know Tuesday what they’re doing with that.”
Students are required to have 120 hours of seat time, if there are less than that, students are required to makeup seat time even if a weather event like the flood happened, unless it is pardoned by the school board.
“The process is that, by law, students have to be in a seat 120 hours of instructional time. So when you miss, and you’re not here, the only days that are excused are school related activities,” Owings said.
To some, these planned makeup days seem unplanned and like the decision was made last minute. This was because the district was waiting to see if there would be any snow days before they decided on a set date to makeup the days.
“It seems like decisions are being made more at the last minute. I understand you have to wait and see if we have snow days but none the less the fact that they’re not exactly sure about that Friday when the temperature’s already 80 degrees, I think we can go ahead and get that decision made,” English teacher Susie Leroy said.
The process is also confusing to some.
“I feel like there was a day that we already made up where teachers were asked to come in and students were–it’s honestly still a little confusing to a lot of the faculty,” English teacher Megan Estes said. “If they’re forgiven I’m ok with it. If we have to go so be it. I’m just going to go with the flow. I’m pretty much rule follower anyways so I’m sure there’s something else we can do in my classroom just to use that time wisely.”
Leroy believes that extra time is valuable and that teachers will take advantage of it either way.
“Anybody can use a little extra free time, that’s for sure. Even if we had the April day just as a teacher work day, I think most teachers would be very grateful for it. We’ve got obviously plenty of things to do, especially right before that month of May when all the exams, the standardized tests come out,” Leroy said. “We could use a day just to kind of regroup ourselves. That would be my hope. If they want to give me a day at home, that would be great too, but if we’re all here it’s just another day and I think we’re all getting a little tired of those.”
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Story by Maddie Mason