Onslow County Schools will have to decide very soon when students will make-up the days missed during a recent snow storm.
Onslow County Schools are now facing the decision of make-up days for lost instruction time from the winter storm that brought a prolonged period of record-breaking cold along with snow and ice to the area.
School for Tuesday was canceled by officials but there was already three missed days and one short day counted due to the past week’s storm. There was also a two-hour delay from the start of school on August 29.
Students in Onslow County were released four hours early on Jan. 3 as the storm began to approach Onslow County and no school for students and staff on Thursday and Friday. Schools were also canceled for students on Monday and optional workday for staff.
Officials with the Onslow County Schools say the safety of students and staff and bus transportations are “primary concerns.”
Director of Community Affairs for Onslow County Schools Brent Anderson says it is equally challenging to decide how to make-up those days.
“Just as the decision to delay or cancel school is never easy, the determination of what days will be used for make-up is similarly complex,” Brent Anderson said.
The make-up days will be decided by the superintendent with input from instruction, human resources, and finance departments. Anderson added that there are requirements for instruction time to be met as that decision is made.
The general statute requires that a school district must have 185 days or 1,025 hours of instructions in a school year.