Parents react to Knox Co. Schools snow make-up day

Parents react to Knox Co. Schools snow make-up day

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"I think it's ridiculous because the kids should be allowed to have Friday off and take their time off because they can make it up at the end of the year. It's not fair to the kids or parents when they want to go out of town," Goedeke said. "I think it's ridiculous because the kids should be allowed to have Friday off and take their time off because they can make it up at the end of the year. It's not fair to the kids or parents when they want to go out of town," Goedeke said.
With all the snow days Knox Co. schools have seen this year, make-up days were inevitable With all the snow days Knox Co. schools have seen this year, make-up days were inevitable
Lee Thomas says he wishes they had more of a notice. He says his kids won't be going to school next Friday. Lee Thomas says he wishes they had more of a notice. He says his kids won't be going to school next Friday.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some Knox County parents are upset about the decision to have a snow make-up day next week, right before spring break.

Friday, March 14th was originally scheduled as a teacher work day, but now it's a normal school day.

The decision was made Wednesday night at the Knox County School Board meeting. Because of winter weather, Knox County schools have used nine snow days this year. Superintendent Jim McIntyre says they only had eight built in, so they had to find a make-up day.

"My recommendation was to look at March 14th. It's already a teacher in-service day so teachers were planning to be here, but also to make sure that it's really a great day of learning for our kids," McIntyre said.

He says the only alternative was to tack on a day at the end of the school year.

"I think when you get into that, you start getting into potential student attendance issues, and when is the most productive time for us to be in school in terms of student learning, I think the sooner the better," McIntyre said.

But mom Elizabeth Goedeke doesn't think so. She says she has to cancel a family trip to Florida so her kids can be in school.

"I think it's ridiculous because the kids should be allowed to have Friday off and take their time off because they can make it up at the end of the year. It's not fair to the kids or parents when they want to go out of town," Goedeke said.

Lee Thomas says he wishes they had more of a notice. He says his kids won't be going to school next Friday.

"We're actually flying to Orlando. My daughter is in a cheerleading competition. They're all going to fly out earlier in the day so unfortunately even though there's a make-up day we're not going to be there," Thomas said.

Many parents also weighed in on our 6 News Facebook page. Some say they're not upset about this decision, instead they're glad it won't be at the end of the year. McIntyre says if there needs to be another make-up day, students will go to school on April 21st, the day after Easter.

Here's how other East Tennessee districts are handling make-up days:

Cumberland County Schools made up three snow days using professional development days, but to make up the other two they plan to cut into spring break.

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 County and Jefferson County will extend the school year into summer.

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