DeKalb schools adjust makeup schedule

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DeKalb County School District (DCSD) adjusted its plans to makeup time lost to Hurricane Irma on Sept. 27.

 DCSD revised the original plan to extend the school day by 20 minutes until winter break in December, the extension will now last from Oct. 2 until Oct. 31. The district kept its plans to hold school on Election Day, Nov. 7.

 The plan still leaves two days to make up, as DCSD missed four days because of inclement weather. District officials state they will take input from principals, parent groups and stakeholders on Oct. 13 on how to proceed.

 “Throughout this process, I have been continually working with our board to distill our various options into the best solution for our students and families. We considered various input and thoughts from across the board. The identification of two make-up opportunities thus far is a good starting point,” said DCSD superintendent R. Stephen Green. “The final decision will be filtered through a collaborative process driven by one shared desire for both the board and myself: to protect and recover instructional time, especially for those students most at risk.”

 Green’s final decision will be announced Oct. 16.

 DCSD policy allows Green to unilaterally schedule days lost to inclement weather or other emergency situations. Georgia law and waivers allow school districts to miss days should they choose to do so.

 DCSD board member Stan Jester said he was “not a fan” of the plan, advising the district “let the other two days go.”

 “I’m not a fan of the extended day idea. I have 3 kids in 3 schools. We have been tweaking our schedule for the last two months and this extension blows that up,” Jester said. “I provided my thoughts to the superintendent in an unsolicited email to him over the weekend recommending to reclaim the November 7 Election Day / Teacher Work Day and the February inclement weather day.”

 For more information, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org.

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