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Gwinnett Schools Announce Plan for Making Up Snow Days

Gwinnett students will have longer days to help make up for the 7 days missed due to inclement weather.

Gwinnett students have had seven snow days this school year.
Gwinnett students have had seven snow days this school year.

Gwinnett County Public Schools says it will add 30 minutes to each school day from March into May to make up for snow days in January and February.

The school system also will hold classes on the two remaining built-in make-up days. Gwinnett students have had seven snow days this so far this school year.

These changes have been made to the school calendar:

Use built-in make-up days on Feb. 17, March 14 and May 22.

To make up for the additional four days, the school day will be extended 30 minutes for 48 days from March 3 through May 14. Classes will be dismissed a half-hour later.

In a press release announcing the decision, the system said the plan was focused on maintaining 180 school days of instruction, have a positive impact on instruction rather than adding days to the end of the school year, and cause as little impact as possible on families, employees and  students, and on the graduation schedule.

 “The addition of 30 minutes to the school day during March, April, and early May will allow us to make up the equivalent of four instructional days in what is the least disruptive manner possible, as students and teachers already will be at school,” Superintendeny CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in the press release. “The proposed plan is a logical, responsible one that we feel will best serve our students, teachers, and staff.” 

Kelley Rhule February 24, 2014 at 03:00 PM
PAY FOR MY CHILDCARE THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have lost enought money. My 'fantastic' job that promised PTO days LIED----- I CANT MISS ANYMORE WORK. Either make it a FULL DAY with normal hours or forget it. Guess my kids will be sick. Or checked out. Most families are two income; or single moms that already are behind. COME ON. THINK ABOUT MORE THAN PUSHING CHINAS CIRRICULIUM ON OUR BABIES.
Ann Hudren February 26, 2014 at 07:23 AM
GCPS was never going to forgive these days. Anyone that thought otherwise just was not thinking clearly. This plan is the lesser of all evils. More outrage and chaos would ensue if they had taken away Spring Break, and adding days to the end of the school year was the least viable option. Having the students adding onto a day where the students are already in the classroom makes the most sense. I also agree this is a financial decision, as this plan is the most cost effective. When operating a school system this large with already scarce resources, this plan works best. The reaction by a select few parents over this decision is alarming, as your children are watching and learning from your behavior. This is life folks - and flexibility is a huge part of being successful.

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