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APS adds weather make-up days to 2018-2019 calendar

Downtown Atlanta during a Jan. 17 snowfall.  JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
Downtown Atlanta during a Jan. 17 snowfall. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Atlanta Public Schools also moved its 2019 spring break

Atlanta Public Schools designated six days in next school year’s calendar that could be used as make-up days in the event of bad weather and moved its 2019 spring break to align with other metro Atlanta districts.

The 2018-2019 student calendar, approved by the school board earlier this month, designates teacher professional learning days on Feb. 18, Feb. 19 and March 18 as possible bad weather make-up days, as well as the winter break period of Feb. 20-22. The decision to identify specific make-up days comes during a year in which APS lost seven school days because of the remnants of Hurricane Irma in September and snowy or icy weather in January.

The lost instructional time prompted APS to announce in January that it would extend the school day by 30 minutes from Jan. 29 through Friday.

Next year, APS may make up lost days using a combination of  the newly designated make-up days, virtual learning days or extending the school day depending on how many days school is closed because of weather. The district also moved its 2019 spring break to the week of April 1-5 so that it lines up with other area school district schedules.