Decatur to make up a school day lost to weather

Districts including Cherokee, DeKalb counties and Atlanta Public Schools announced their decision.

Parents in Decatur will get a break but their children won’t under the school district’s plan to make up for classroom time lost to weather.

City Schools of Decatur had planned a teacher work day for March 12 -- a Monday when students were to stay home and their parents were going to have figure out what to do with them.

But the school board on Tuesday night decided to cancel the work day and hold class instead. The decision will make up one of the six school days (not to mention two partial days) lost to a tropical storm, a threatened ice storm and actual snow this school year.

Georgia law requires 180 school days, but as a charter school district Decatur doesn't have to comply.

The surrounding DeKalb County School District, which has a similar legal waiver, has already decided to make up two days, one in February and one in March, and will survey parents about making up more time. (The district previously made up for time lost to Tropical Storm Irma by lengthening school days.) Neighboring Atlanta Public Schools, also a charter district, is lengthening school by half an hour each day.

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