Pee Dee school districts considering makeup days

September 20, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Schools across the Pee Dee are beginning to make decisions on when they will make up school days from the cancellations for Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

According to South Carolina state law, schools first must make up all days using days that were built into the academic calendar before the school year began. After those days are used, each district’s school board can forgive up to three days.

If any days exceed the number of makeup and forgivable days, then the state department will take action.

Florence One Schools returned to classes on Tuesday, leaving schools with five days to make up.

School Board Chairman Barry Townsend said his guess is that the district will try to use the first makeup day available. According to the district calendar, that is Oct. 23.

The Florence One Schools board must approve the days before the district takes action. At this point, discussing a plan of action is not on the agenda for Thursday’s school board meeting.

Darlington County School District spokeswoman Audrey Childers said it will be after the Oct. 8 school board meeting before the district has a decision on the makeup days.

Florence County School District Two will use the three makeup days previously approved by the board: Oct. 12, Feb. 15 and March 11, Superintendent Neal Vincent said in an email statement.

Vincent said the fourth makeup day will be discussed at a future board meeting.

Secretary to the Superintendent Tina Williams said Florence County School District Five has a proposed revised calendar that will be discussed during the next board meeting on Monday. The proposed revisions include using the three makeup days, Sept. 28, Nov. 11 and Feb. 22, and then asking the board to forgive the fourth day.

Florence County School District Three spokesman Brian Huckabee said the board will discuss the recommendation for makeup days at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday.

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