Among Clayton County options to make up snow days: Saturday school

To make up some of the seven days lost to bad weather, Clayton County Public Schools is offering parents six options, half of which entail holding classes on a Saturday.

That's a unique approach; Atlanta is adding 30 minutes to its school day for two months, while DeKalb is adding full days to make up the lost time. Clayton's list of options also includes extending the day, although it is proposing an additional hour rather than a half hour.

In a note and survey to parents, Clayton said:

To date, CCPS has missed 7 instructional days due to adverse weather conditions. An initial response to these missed days has resulted in the decision to make the Professional Learning Day (Early Dismissal) of February 16 a full day of instruction.

In light of our need to provide the best education possible for our students, the CCPS Leadership Team has determined that 3 of these missed instructional days must be recaptured. Therefore, this survey has been created to obtain input from students and their families and from our staff. In creating this survey and the impact of making up instructional days, the District’s leadership team deem it pertinent to receive feedback from our parents, students, employees and community.

Also, in addition to making up instructional days, parents/students are also encouraged to continue using available instructional resources, whether online or traditional hardcopy resources. It should be noted that future weather events may require additional make-up days. Your feedback is sincerely appreciated as we continue to establish a culture wherein we are committed to high-performance.

Here are the options presented to Clayton families:

If bad weather forces additional closings, Clayton offered this second set of options:

Are any other districts considering holding classes on Saturday to compensate for closing?

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Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.