DeKalb County Schools continues adding 20 minutes to school day after Irma
Tropical Storm Irma shut down DeKalb County Schools for four straight days last month, and the school district planned to make up the time by extending school days 20 minutes starting Monday, Oct. 2 through the end of the semester.
Then school district backtracked, saying it would only extend days until Oct. 31 and solicit parent feedback about a plan to make up the remainder of the days.
On Friday, the School District announced a new plan, saying the 20 minute school days would continue through Nov. 30.
“This month, we have diligently surveyed a cross section of parents, teachers, principals, teacher organizations, parent-teacher organizations, parent council groups, and school council members. The result was an arrangement that enables our schools to regain a major portion of the lost time needed for achievement,” said Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green said in a letter to parents. “Extending the school day with this schedule is the least disruptive for all parties.”
According to DeKalb County Schools other important aspects of the plan are:
• There will be no 20-minute extended day on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
• DCSD schools will also remain open on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) as the district ensures that students don’t miss out on lessons vital to their academic achievement.
• Schools will also be closed Nov. 20-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
• Winter Break will remain as originally scheduled.
Meanwhile, City Schools of Decatur has decided not to make up the three days students missed due to the storm.
Superintendent David Dude said, “We discussed the three days missed due to the power outages following Hurricane Irma and decided that we are not going to try to make those days up. Due to the declaration of a state of emergency, making those days up is not required. We do not anticipate this decision having any significant impact on the academic progress of our students. Additionally, it allows those make-up days to still be available if needed due to winter weather or other need.”
Decaturish contacted Atlanta Public Schools to ask whether students there will have to make up days missed because of the storm.