Cocke County Schools hold Saturday school as part of snow day ma

Cocke County Schools hold Saturday school as part of snow day makeup plan

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By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter
NEWPORT (WATE) - Spending their Saturday inside a classroom is probably one of the last things area students wanted to do, but it’s exactly what one East Tennessee school system had no choice but to do because of all the snow days they were forced to take this year.

Cocke County Schools had to use more than three times their allotted snow days in the 2013-2014 school year, and have been trying to play catch up ever since.

"Saturday and we're at school,” said Cocke County High School Senior Hunter Suggs.

"It's the longest day of the week of the whole school year,” said CCHS Senior Gladstone Gunn.

Holding school Saturday is just one of the things Cocke County Schools is doing to make up for the snow day overload.

Cocke County High School Principal Marvin Stewart says the county has five snow days built into their school calendar, but this year, they had to use 16.

Now, slowly but surely, they’re making those days up.

"The option basically came to taking a day off Spring Break or using this Saturday,” said Stewart.

In addition, they’ve also changed many in-service teacher work days to schools days, and are adding an extra 15 minutes to each school day for the rest of the year.

So while getting up for school on a Saturday wasn't the easiest or most fun thing in the world, these CCHS students know it has to be done.

"I woke up late. I was almost late to school. It's really weird, you know, waking up on a Saturday when I normally don't even wake up until 11 o'clock on a Saturday so,” said Suggs.

"They're not enjoying being here today, but they're making it through,” said Gunn.

"I'd rather come to school on Saturday than have to make it up at the end of the year in my summer,” said Suggs.

Stewart says overall, attendance was good for CCHS’ Saturday school, but says they had a number of students who were out on school that trips that were already schedule prior to them deciding to hold Saturday school.

In his three years as principal, this is the first time they’ve had to hold Saturday school because of excessive snow days.

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