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Cherokee Schools Won't Make Up Missed Snow Days

District teachers and staff will use the existing calendar and school hours to ensure students are prepared for state-mandated exams.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The Cherokee County School District will not dip into the days set aside for spring break to make up for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

That's according to a memo released on Monday by Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo.

The winter weather that hit Cherokee in late January and earlier this month forced the district to cancel nine days devoted to classroom instruction, Petruzielo notes in the memo.

The State Board of Education has ruled local districts do not have to make up missed days during the time in which Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency, meaning Cherokee won't have to alter its school calendar to accommodate missed classroom time.

However, that doesn't mean the district will relax its task of making sure students are well-prepared for upcoming state exams. 

District teachers and staff have been authorize to employ various strategies to ensure students obtain the knowledge needed to excel on exams such as the high school End of Course Tests and the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test.

For the following school year, the district will explore using the latter half of the February winter break -- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday -- as possible make-up days for inclement weather, if needed.

See the attached .PDF to read Petruzielo's memo in full.  
Frank Anastasia February 25, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Public school kids just has almost 2 straight weeks off. This after their Christmas vacation, and before their spring break the first week of April. There is a reason US public schools rank 25th out of 34 industrialized nations in education.
Kim Kelley February 25, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Frank Anastasia, you are so right in your comment. It amazes me how much time kids get off from school. Xmas break, a few weeks later winter break, a few weeks later spring break. Not to mention the other days they get off for incidentals That is exactly why we rank so far behind so many other countries. Get a clue GA.
Donna Cowan Dickinson March 01, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Kim, I can tell you from experience, being a mother of 2 and a teacher, that the time off school is not what makes Ga rank low in education. Teachers and students need breaks from school. Students and teachers get burned out. After breaks, everyone comes back refreshed and ready to learn. The truth is teachers have way too much busy work from the state. They don't get to enjoy teaching and being with their students. Also, teachers aren't allowed to teach to the individual student's needs. They have to follow curriculums and rules given to them by people who have never been in a classroom. I could go on about the things that make GA schools rank low, but my kids need me. (One of the many things parents can do to improve our children's education... spend more quality time with them).

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