News 12 at 11 / Monday, March 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Get your groans ready. Saturday school is on the way for kids in Richmond County.
It was a nice day off school when it was happening, but now Richmond County students will be making up three of the days lost during the ice storm.
'It is a school season, and these kids do need to be in school," Board member Jack Padgett, Jr. said.
Decided Monday afternoon, students will have to go to school Monday, March 17th, Saturday, March 22nd, and Friday, April 18th. Those days are most commonly recognized as St. Patrick's Day, a weekend, and Good Friday.
"That's the three days they'll make up out of the seven they've missed so far," Padgett said.
It's already causing an uproar on social media and in the Burgess household.
"No, they will not be going on Saturday, and I foresee a lot of empty classrooms on that Saturday, as well as that Good Friday," mother Amy Burgess said.
Board members addressed that possibility, but were caught in a no-win situation in finding enough days to make up before standardized testing begins.
"The biggest thing is getting ready for the testing that's going to come up, which is going to determine whether they advance in the grade which is very critical," Padgett explained.
With testing scores low for Richmond County schools, board members say every day in the classroom counts.
"The tests that we've had recently, particularly last week, are showing the kids weren't doing as well as they should," Padgett admitted.
Padgett also added they've only had one student to pass an AP test at Laney.
So, as the groans continue, board members say they don't like it either, but the decision is made.
"This will be counted as a regular day, and of course it will count if they don't go to school as an absence, and it would not be an excused absence," Padgett said.
That Monday the 17th was originally a furlough day, and it was the only one left they could use. Board members say tacking days on to the end of the year won't work because the whole point is getting students ready for the testing in April.
Now they're looking at pushing back CRCT testing so it would start on Monday, April 21 instead of the 17th.
Monday, March 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Board of Education announced its make-up days for the 2013-2014 school year:
The board is also looking at changing when CRCT testing will begin. Right now, it is scheduled for March 17.