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Cherokee Schools Won't Make Up Missed Snow Days

District teachers and staff will use the existing calendar and school hours to ensure students are prepared for state-mandated exams.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The Cherokee County School District will not dip into the days set aside for spring break to make up for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

That's according to a memo released on Monday by Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo.

The winter weather that hit Cherokee in late January and earlier this month forced the district to cancel nine days devoted to classroom instruction, Petruzielo notes in the memo.

The State Board of Education has ruled local districts do not have to make up missed days during the time in which Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency, meaning Cherokee won't have to alter its school calendar to accommodate missed classroom time.

However, that doesn't mean the district will relax its task of making sure students are well-prepared for upcoming state exams. 

District teachers and staff have been authorize to employ various strategies to ensure students obtain the knowledge needed to excel on exams such as the high school End of Course Tests and the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test.

For the following school year, the district will explore using the latter half of the February winter break -- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday -- as possible make-up days for inclement weather, if needed.

See the attached .PDF to read Petruzielo's memo in full.  

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