The Stokes County School Board on Monday decided when students and teachers will make up missed snow days, and when county seniors will celebrate graduation this year.
Personnel Director Melisa Jessup said last year principals and teachers had said they would rather make up days as full days instead of adding hours to existing days to try to make up the lost time through hours. She said parents also preferred the school system not use spring break days if possible.
As a result she proposed the system make up the four days missed so far this year by having students go for a full day, as opposed to a half day, on Feb. 3, a full day on Feb. 15, which was supposed to be a teacher work day, a full day, as opposed to a half day, on March 2, a full day, as opposed to a half day on June 3, a full day on June 6 and a half day on June 7.
“The last day for students would now be June 7,” she said, noting that teachers would be given the option of making up some teacher workdays during spring break, or on Saturdays if needed.
Assistant Superintendent Tony George said it was important to make up full days, both to recoup income in the child nutrition department and to provide full employment for classified personnel who lost income during snow days.
“If we don’t make up days we are going to lose $55,000 in child nutrition,” he said.
The board unanimously approved the new make-up days.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Stewart Hobbs said he felt the school system could look at adjusting schedules to better streamline hours at each grade level and smooth the make-up day process in future years.
Graduation dates set
The board also unanimously approved graduation dates for each of the high schools, following a recommendation from 6-12 Director Doug Rose.
The Stokes Early College High School will hold its graduation on Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in King Central Park.
South Stokes High School will hold graduation on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m.
North Stokes High School will hold graduation on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.
West Stokes High School will hold graduation on Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.
Meadowbrook Academy will hold graduation on Saturday, June 11 at noon.
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