CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has named five weather make-up dates for students due to lost instructional time during Hurricane Matthew.
According to the school system, the calendar was reviewed for the best available options to ensure the most immediate recovery of lost instruction in advance of winter assessments.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 will be a regular school day for students and staff. Students are required to report at their designated bell time on this day.
Additional weather make-up dates include:
- Monday, November 21
- Tuesday, November 22
- Monday, December 19
- Tuesday, December 20
For each make-up day, all schools will operate on their regular schedules and students should report at their designated bell time.
Adjustments to the SY 2016-17 Calendar will be finalized with board action during the regularly scheduled November 9 school board meeting.
Many parents tell us they are not pleased with how 4 of the make-up days fall on the beginning of fall break and winter break, forcing changes to holiday plans.
We spoke with school officials Thursday, who say that a total of nine days have been missed due to Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Hermine and that with End of Course exams coming up in December, they need to give teachers the time to get their students ready to succeed.
"Our main job, our main goal is to provide students an education and to get them prepared to succeed. We just felt that the teachers needed to regain some of that instructional time, and it needed to be regained in the fall semester," said SCCPSS Public Information Manager Sheila Blanco.