All but one Midlands school district will excise at least a day or two of instruction from their calendars as they recover from a spate of winter storms that closed schools for up to five days.
But district officials say they are working to close that gap and make up as much missed school time as possible, even using half days when necessary.
The Legislature provided some wiggle room to the 180-day school year requirement after back-to-back winter storms in January and February, passing a joint resolution that would allow districts to forgive makeup day requirements once districts had used the three required weather days already built into their calendars.
Districts missed between three to five scheduled school days during the two storms.
Only Lexington 4 students will make up all missed days.
Some districts, including Lexington 4, were lucky in having already determined to take off Feb. 14 as a school holiday/snow day. As it turned out, the second storm arrived in mid-February, and students missed Feb. 12-14.
Here’s a district-by-district breakdown:
Lexington 1: Will make up two of its missed days and forgive a third. Students went to school March 14 and will make up another day April 21. Students also missed a fourth day for weather, Feb. 14, but that date already was designated as a school holiday/snow day.
Lexington 2: Will make up three of four missed days. The school board decided to change two half-days of instruction, on March 26 and April 23, to full days to gain one day of missed time. March 28 also will be designated as a make-up day. Students already made up one day Feb. 17. The board agreed to forgive one day.
Lexington 3: Will make up two of its three missed days. Lexington 3 students made up one day March 14 and will go to school April 21 to make up a second. The district has also extended its planned April 2 half day to a full day to make up some instructional time. Students also missed a fourth day for weather, Feb. 14, but that date already was designated as a school holiday/snow day.
Lexington 4: Will make up all three missed days. Schoolchildren already have made up one day on March 14 and will go to school April 21 and May 26.
Lexington-Richland 5: Will make up two days and forgive two days. Students went to school Feb. 17 to make up one day and will make up a second June 6.
Richland 1: Will make up three days and forgive the others. Richland 1 missed five days. Students already have made up one missed day Feb. 17 and will make up another March 28. A previously scheduled half-day for elementary and middle school students, March 27, will now be a full day to gain lost instructional time. Late start for high school was eliminated March 19 as well.
Richland 2: Will make up two days and forgive two days. Student makeup days are set for March 28 and April 21.
Kershaw County: Will make up two days and forgive three others. One day was made up March 27 and another is set for Memorial Day, May 26.
The legislation passed earlier this year allows districts to forgive up to five missed days of instruction if the local school board or governing body approves. But first, districts must hold classes on three makeup days, already built into their school calendars, before forgiving more missed days.