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:
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.