"While the Georgia Board of Education has provided school districts flexibility in whether or not to make up these days, our school system historically has made up missed instructional time," a GCPS press release stated. "With that in mind, school district leaders considered a variety of options that could address the lost instructional time."
The school system will use its three built-in snow make-up days (Feb. 22, March 14 and May 22) and will make up the remaining days by extending the school day by 30 minutes for 48 days. The extended school days will begin March 3 and end May 14. All schools will dismiss a half-hour later than the regularly scheduled dismissal time during this period.
The district's plan, according to a press release from GCPS, focused on four criteria:
- The importance of maintaining 180 days of instruction.
- Making up the lost time in a manner that would have the most positive impact on instruction.
- Devising a plan that would have the least impact on students, families and employees.
- Causing as little disruption as possible to the current graduation schedule.
“The addition of 30 minutes to the school day during March, April, and early May will allow us to make up the equivalent of four instructional days in what is the least disruptive manner possible, as students and teachers already will be at school," GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a released statement. "The proposed plan is a logical, responsible one that we feel will best serve our students, teachers, and staff.”
The last day of school will be Thursday, May 22.