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Board forgives makeup days for Florence One Schools

November 16, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools board of trustees voted Thursday to forgive the last three days of missed school from the hurricanes during a special called meeting.

Chairman Barry Townsend said after the district suggested making up the days at the beginning of winter break during the last board meeting, community members communicated with the board asking them to forgive those days, rather than taking time from winter break.

The board unanimously agreed to forgive the last three makeup days.

Townsend said the district had three options: to forgive the days: make the days up at the beginning of winter break or make the days up at the end of winter break.

Board member Alexis Pipkins said he believes the public did not understand that the governor actually closed the schools so they could be used as hurricane shelters and there should be communication with the General Assembly about how the closure affected the district.

Board member Porter Stewart said he supported the motion and said the district must take care next year when handling makeup days in the future.

“We had circumstances beyond our control that I think is a lesson learned for all of us,” Stewart said. “We don’t know how the spring will play out for all of us, so we will have to deal with it as it comes.”

Trisha Caulder, a board member, said the public’s response is vital for the board and the administration to better manage the district.

“I just want to say I appreciate all the parents, all the employees and the students that wrote to us, that expressed their opinion to us, and I just hope that it won’t take an issue like this to get you involved,” Caulder said. “We need to know what you think and how you think.”

In the case of school closures from a winter storm, the district can make up time during spring break or on Saturdays, or the district can extend the school year beyond graduation. The board can also petition the State Board of Education and General Assembly to waive addition days, Townsend said during the board meeting.

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