School calendar could change to make up snow days

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News 12 This Morning/ Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

COLUMBIA Co., Ga. (WRDW) -- "We do have to consider the number of school days that are missed," said Columbia County Superintendent Sandra Carraway.

Considering those missing school days is part of the reason Carraway worked to keep students in school Tuesday when some other districts chose to close school in preparation for the winter storm.

"It's extremely important that children are at school as much as possible," she said. "We have rigorous course work and high standards for performance. And, again, if students aren't in school they're not learning."

The district closed school two days this week for weather--days that have to be made up by the end of the year to stick to the required 180 day school year.

Officials say they're not yet sure if they'll have to make changes to the school calendar, but added days to make up for the missed ones is an option. Teachers can also make changes to their plans to make sure that students are on track.

But, for employees, Carraway tells me it's a different story.

"For students, it's not as critical as it is for our employees because we're paid by taxpayer dollars and we're paid to work a number of days," she explained. "When we miss work, we have to make that up."

Employees also have a required number of work days, so whether it means extra work hours or extra work days--Carraway tells me the employee time will be made up.

"So, when we miss work, it's important that we make it up as much as possible because we're paid by taxpayers and accountable to them," she said. "So, we have to be good stewards financial as well as taking care of their children on a day-to-day basis."

Aiken County students will now have school on Presidents Day to make up for Wednesday's snow day.

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