DeKalb schools to make up missed days through 20-minute extension

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DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced its plan to make up days missed during Hurricane Irma on Sept. 22.

 “In order to recapture precious instructional time lost due to Hurricane Irma, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will extend its school day by 20 minutes, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, through the end of the first semester on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017,” reads the announcement.

 In addition, DCSD schools and offices plan to remain open on Election Day on Nov. 7.

 “We did not want to simply recoup lost moments,” said DCSD superintendent R. Stephen Green. “Our most precious commodity is instructional time, and we want to make this an effective learning opportunity. We lost four days and we’re trying to be as creative and productive as we can about recapturing that time. Extending the school day with this schedule is the least disruptive for all parties.”

 District officials state the decision was arrived at by collaborating with all divisions of the district. Green is empowered by the board of education to make the ultimate decisions regarding changes to the school day because of inclement weather or other emergency conditions, according to DCSD’s board of education policy.

 According to district officials, parents will be notified from their respective schools detailing specific dismissal times.

 District officials state the primary goal was to not impact fall break in October or winter break in December. Families throughout DeKalb County—including parents, teachers and other staff members—begin planning for such breaks months in advance.

 “Also, with the unpredictability of north Georgia weather in the winter, the district does not want to use all its inclement weather days before the onset of [the winter season],” the announcement states.

 Updates will be available to the public on www.dekalbschools.org, the DCSD mobile app as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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