East Tenn. school districts figure out how to make up snow days

East Tennessee school districts figuring out how to make up snow days

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The Knox County School Board decided to use March 14 as a snow make up day at a meeting Wednesday evening. The Knox County School Board decided to use March 14 as a snow make up day at a meeting Wednesday evening.
The majority of schools in East Tennessee have gone over their allotted snow days and now many are struggling to figure out how to make up those days. The majority of schools in East Tennessee have gone over their allotted snow days and now many are struggling to figure out how to make up those days.
Winter hit hard this year in Cumberland County. Ice and snow forced county schools to close 15 times this year. Winter hit hard this year in Cumberland County. Ice and snow forced county schools to close 15 times this year.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County School Board decided to use March 14 as a snow make up day at a meeting Wednesday evening. Other districts are cutting spring break.

The majority of schools in East Tennessee have gone over their allotted snow days and now many are struggling to figure out how to make up those days.

6 News made calls to all 22 of the districts in our area to find out what they plan to do.

Winter hit hard this year in Cumberland County. Ice and snow forced county schools to close 15 times this year.

"You see buses going off the road because of ice. So it's more important for me that the kids are safe," said parent Lonnie Brown.

The school system allots 10 snow days. They've made up three using professional development days, but to make up the other two they plan to cut into spring break.

"It's been interesting for our kids. They've been happy about it so far, but I think they're going to regret it," said Brown.

The assistant superintendent said it was a decision by the board of education to use Monday and Tuesday of spring break to make up the days. Parents 6 News talked with have mixed reaction to the decision.

"I would rather they go into summer break instead of spring break, because a lot of people have vacation plans," said Tasha Stovall.

"Spring break to me seems like an applicable time for them to go back to school," said Barry Davis.

They're not the only ones- we called all the districts and found Hancock and Claiborne counties both plan take away three days from spring break.

Anderson County and Athens City Schools decided to add on an extra 15 minutes each day instead of taking away from students vacation time.

Morgan and Jefferson counties have decided to make up their days by extending the school year into summer.

The school districts say making up the days during spring break allows them the needed instructional time before testing begins.

Schools are required by the state to have 180 instructional days. The education commissioner can only waive the requirement in cases of natural disasters, but not extreme weather.

If Knox County has another snow day, it will be made up on April 21.

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