The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, March 24, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Franklin County students will be lose one day of spring break as a result of weather-related school closings.
Spring break will now take place from Thursday, April 17 through Monday, April 21, according to Superintendent Mark Church.
Tuesday, April 22, initially set aside as a day off for students and staff, will now be used as a make-up day.
"We value each instructional day with students but also realize that parents, students and staff plan well in advance for scheduled vacation days," said Church. "The reason we are using April 22 as an instructional day, over a day later in the calendar, is because we must ensure enough banked time to cover an unexpected school closing late in the school year. This could cause us to have to extend the school year or go on a Saturday."
Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) is currently being eyed as a possible make-up day should an additional school day be missed before the remainder of the year.
"Unfortunately, I can't make a decision on Memorial Day until at least the beginning of May," Church said, citing the unpredictability of weather. "Please be assured, if we have to close or delay school for safety reasons, we will."
As of March 18, students have missed 13 days of school due to inclement weather.
"By law, we are required to attend school either 180 days or 990 hours," Church added.