State gives schools calendar flexibility

One area county forgives missed days

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One local school system has taken advantage of legislation passed by the General Assembly which gives school systems flexibility in rescheduling days missed because of Hurricane Florence.

The General Assembly passed legislation proposed by Gov. Roy Cooper to allow school systems to forgive days missed because of the storm.

The legislation gives administrators in declared disaster areas full discretion on deciding a make-up plan. Those not in disaster areas will be required to make up at least two of their missed days.

Johnston County took advantage of the state legislation. The school board there voted to forgive five days that were missed. Both students and staff members will not have to make up those days.

The Harnett County School Board voted this month to make up days on Oct. 19, Oct. 29 and Nov. 21. At the time of that vote, there was not an option yet to forgive missed days; however, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Fleming said he didn’t anticipate anything changing.

The system has not announced plans to make up Thursday’s classes.

According to Sampson County School Board member Kim Schmidlin, officials there have not made a decision about when to make up days.

“I would hope that we can make up as much instructional time as we can, but we have not made a decision at this time,” Mrs. Schmidlin said.

The board in Sampson County will discuss the issue at a work session meeting next week.

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