The weather over the last few weeks has left Macon County administrators scrambling to make up the time students missed in the classroom. During the school calendar process, workdays are built in each year to account for weather. The number of days added to the calendar are an estimate and cannot accurately be predicted.
Last week, Macon County School officials announced makeup days for students to ensure that the district meets the state’s school calendar laws. By law, school districts must have 1,025 instructional hours or 185 school days each year. It is up to the district how that requirement is met, whether it be Saturday school or makeup days throughout the year.
Macon County plans to convert all the remaining workdays in the school calendar to instructional days in order to fulfill the 1,025 hour requirement. The days will be full days with no early dismissals.
Workdays that will now be class days are: Friday, March 28, Friday, April 11, and Friday, June 13.
By converting the three workdays to instructional days, the Macon County district will have some flexibility if more inclement weather occurs before spring. If the winter weather continues, the district will be forced to look into shortening spring break or adding makeup days into the calendar.
By law, the last day of school must fall on the Friday closest to June 11. Macon County’s last day of school is scheduled for June 13, meaning additional days cannot be added to the end of the calendar and might mean Saturday school before the end of the year.