Horry County school board agrees to forgive all but 2 make-up days following ice storms

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 17, 2014 

— Horry County Schools students – and a lot of their parents – can breathe a sign of relief because they won’t have to make up more than two days of all the instructional time missed during two ice storms that recently hit the area.

The Horry County school board voted unanimously Monday night to forgive the remaining five days missed at schools in the Aynor and Green Sea Floyds attendance areas and the remaining four days missed at schools in the rest of the district.

The board’s vote comes on the heels of Wednesday’s resolution that was signed by Gov. Nikki Haley, allowing local school boards to waive up to five days missed due to inclement weather. The district does have to use all of its required makeup days that remain on the school calendar before it may exempt any of the five days allowed under the resolution.

Board Chairman Joe DeFeo said he was in favor of forgiving the days to help parents and families who have already made arrangements around the current school calendar.

The ice storms caused most students to miss a total of six days, but power outages affecting schools and homes in the Aynor and Green Sea Floyds attendance areas caused those students to miss an extra day in February.

All schools in the district have made up one day, Feb. 17, and most also will go to school March 28. Both of those days already were designated as makeup days on the school calendar. Loris’ Daisy Elementary School operates on a year-round calendar, and those students will attend school April 9 for their second makeup day.

HCS Superintendent Cindy Elsberry said teachers and staff who couldn’t work during the storms also will be making up missed days at the end of the school year for professional development. She said principals also will be making adjustments at their schools to help make up for some of the other missed instructional time.

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