How the additional time will be divvied up among classes will be an individual school decision, district officials said. Substitute teachers will not receive additional pay for the extra time.
Social media was abuzz earlier in the week as news spread that the district was considering taking away the fall break to make up days lost due to Irma. Parents and teachers took to the internet saying they’d still miss those days, as trips have been planned and money has been spent.
“I am OK with the extended day rather than taking the mini break away,” said Charlene Johnson, whose son attends The Champion School. “It’s going to be an inconvenience, but it’s far better than me losing money that I’ve already paid for him to go somewhere else.”
An extended school day isn’t unprecedented in metro Atlanta. In 2014, schools were closed at least a week after a storm made roads impassable for several days, with many covered in thick sheets of ice. In the aftermath several school districts, including Gwinnett County Schools and City Schools of Decatur, added 30 minutes to the day through the end of the school year to avoid tacking days to the end of the school year.
“We did not simply want to recoup lost moments,” Green said. “Our most precious commodity is instructional time, and we want to make this an effective learning opportunity. We lost four days and we’re trying to be as creative and productive as we can about recapturing this time.”
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