Paying for our snow days in the Midlands

01/30/2014 9:43 PM

01/30/2014 9:44 PM

The snowfest is over for Midlands schoolchildren, and now it is up to individual school districts to determine when to make up the one or two days that were missed this week.

Some districts made that decision Thursday, while other school district officials said that discussion will take place in coming days.

Lexington districts 1, 3 and 4, which canceled classes Wednesday, will make up that day Feb. 14, the first “bad weather” day listed on those districts’ 2013-14 calendars. Lexington 2 will make up its missed day Feb. 17.

Richland 1 will make up its school days  Feb. 17 and March 28 . Richland 2, which canceled classes Tuesday and Wednesday, will make up its days Feb. 14 and March 28, while Kershaw County will make up one of its two missed days March 7, with the second likely on May 26.

Some districts want to take some time to figure out the best day to make up the schoolwork.

“We want to vet this decision thoroughly before we make a final call,” said Mark Bounds, spokesman for Lexington-Richland 5.

State law requires that school districts schedule three severe-weather makeup days. If the district does not need one of the days, that day becomes a student holiday. If a district needs more than three severe-weather days, district officials and superintendents often confer to make recommendations.

In 2011, after a particularly brutal winter that caused districts to miss at least five days, the Legislature agreed to forgive snow days – but that is an unlikely scenario this year. Here are weather makeup dates Midlands districts designated at the first of the year on 2013-14 calendars.

Kershaw County: March 7, May 26 (already passed: Jan. 14)

Lexington 1: Feb. 14, March 14, April 21

Lexington 2: Feb. 17, May 26 (already passed: Jan. 20)

Lexington 3: Feb. 14, March 14, April 21

Lexington 4: Feb 14, April 21, June 6

Lexington-Richland 5: Feb. 17, June 6 (already passed: Jan. 21)

Richland 1: Feb. 17, March 28 (already passed: Jan. 21)

Richland 2: Feb 14, March 28, April 21

 

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