A reader sent me this note: I work for Barrow County Schools, and we found out this week that we will be required to report to school (teachers only) on a Saturday to make up for time missed due to the snow. I wanted to know if you have ever heard of this before? I do not really mind coming in that day, but I do worry about our new superintendent setting such a precedent without ever seeking the teacher’s input.
I have never heard of this before, and wonder how teachers feel about it? Barrow plans to bring students back to school on three days that they were scheduled to be off, Feb. 18 and 21 and March 11. But because Friday, 11th, was supposed to be a teacher work day devoted to report cards, teachers will also have to show up on Saturday, March 12.
There certainly is a hodgepodge of plans by local systems to make up the days lost to snow.(Still waiting to see what my system will do. No word yet in Decatur.)
My least favorite solution is the hour extra planned by Marietta. (Along with holding school on March 14 and 15, the system will add one hour to the school day over a 13-day period, Jan. 31-Feb. 4; March 7-11 and March 14-16.) I just don’t think those added hours are the equivalent of a full day of school in terms of student learning.
Should there be a state policy on how systems can make up snow days? Or, should systems have the freedom to recover the lost days an hour at a time?
–By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog