Written by Max Franks
You are still in school, which should have ended a week ago, there are no lessons, no tests, or any after-school activities, (plus the teachers are just as checked out as you are). This is what it’s like during a make-up day, tacked on the end of the year to make up lost seat time.
In 1976, the state of South Carolina added Section 591425 to its Code of Laws. This section states that schools require 180 days of instruction. If school closing causes the instructional time to decrease below 180 days, then three days must be made up. Keep in mind, this law was passed in the 70’s before our classes could be accessed with a click of the button.
In other words, that day where the student body is out because of some reason, are basically treated as days off. Lesson plans need to be pushed back and classes are spent reviewing material that should be fresh in the minds of students.
An argument can be made that, during times where we don’t have school due to weather or some such, students can do their work on google classroom or VirtualSC, an online content management system. This would mean that students could complete their work while out of school and come back ready to complete their assignments instead of having to waste a class reviewing.
There are definite holes in this plan though, as some students may not have access to the internet at their homes. They would have mountains of work that they couldn’t do, and lessons that they couldn’t access. Some students may be victims of the natural disaster, preventing them from being in school, and they might not be able to do their work because of it.
If the South Carolina legislature would give the idea a thought, they could certainly come up with an answer.
Make-up days may be a welcome break for students, but they could be better spent doing actual school work.