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WV Students Will Make Up Four Snow Days

By David Howell

Editor


WATER VALLEY – Students in the Water Valley School District will make up four snow days after the school board approved a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Michael McInnis during Monday night’s meeting.

Three of the days students will now attend school were previously scheduled as holidays and include President’s Day on Feb. 19, Good Friday on March 30, and the day after Easter on April 2. The fourth day was added at the end of the school year and will be on May 23, which was previously scheduled as a 60 percent day. This means students also attend on May 24, which will be the new 60 percent day. 

Dr. McInnis made the recommendation to amend the calender, explaining that if make-up days were scheduled during spring break many students would likely not attend because of already-scheduled trips. He also said adding days to the end of the school year would not provide valuable instruction time needed before state testing gets underway in March.

McInnis also said his recommendation follows scrutiny of state law and an Attorney General’s opinion to determine the district’s options after the governor declared a weather emergency, providing a opportunity for some districts to make a local decision not to make up the days. 

Assistant Superintendent Sharon Lipsey explained that the school district’s policy needs to be adopted to align with Section 37-13-64 of Mississippi law, which gives local school board discretion about making up missed days if  the governor declares a weather emergency.

“Then it would be a local decision, not a MDE (Mississippi Department of Education) decision,” McInnis said about the district having the discretion not to make up the days.

Board members agreed to revise the policy at the next meeting to help the district with future weather-related missed days.

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