DeKalb Schools looking to make up school days lost to Irma

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DeKalb County School District officials are looking at making up the days missed by students after the storm known as Irma charged through the southeast United States. 

A fall break scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 could be used as school days, Superintendent Steve Green said during Tuesday's DeKalb Board of Education meeting.

Board member Stan Jester brought up the discussion that had begun in other meetings, asking Green when the board would be made aware of any decision.

“We took the discussion up in cabinet on Monday, and sometime this week I expect to share with the board what we’re recommending as an administration on how approach that,” Green said. “No final decision had been made yet.”

DeKalb Schools students returned to class Friday after four days out of class due to Irma.

The storm was downgraded significantly from a category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm by the time it reached the Georgia state line, and never directly hit metro Atlanta. Wind and rain from the storm knocked down hundreds of trees and power lines and left thousands of residents in the dark several days.

District officials said four inclement weather days were built into the school year, which would cover the four days missed due to the storm. Officials did not say during the meeting whether they were attempting to make these days up to leave these days free to be used for possible snow days.

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