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School districts get a break in making up snow days

12:23 AM, Feb 21, 2014   |    comments
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(AP file)

ATLANTA -- This winter has brought its fair share of nasty weather, which means snow days for local school districts.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the State Board of Education decided districts would not be required to make up days missed from either of this winter's crippling winter storms.

The districts must be within counties where a state of emergency was declared. 

Spokesman Matt Cardoza said while the board has taken such action in the past, it is not usually on such a wide scale.

As of Thursday evening, Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton and DeKalb County Schools had not yet decided how they would handle the missed days.

Most districts are considering at least four options: add minutes to the school day, add days to the school year, use a teacher day or holiday or not make up the days at all.

Henry County spokesperson J.D. Hardin told 11Alive the district will only make up one of seven missed days, using a professional development day on March 10.

Gwinnett County Schools spokesperson Jorge Quintana said they will make up the three days already built into the calendar, but haven't made a decision on the remaining four days.

Thursday night, both Marietta City Schools and Fulton County Schools discussed options at their respective school board meetings. Marietta decided to add an hour to each school day in March; 15 minutes at the beginning of the day and 45 minutes at the end.

Fulton County will transform one teacher workday, March 14th, into an instructional day.

Most districts said they would make a final decision and notify parents in the next two weeks.

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