Board to decide makeup days for Florence One Schools

November 14, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to vote on makeup school days for the district.

After two hurricanes, Florence and Michael, Gov. Henry McMaster mandated school closings that gave the district six days to makeup.

The school board has already approved the first three makeup days using days built into the school calendar: Oct. 23, March 18 and May 27. The district still has three days to make up.

At the Nov. 8 board meeting, the administration made a proposal to make up the days at the beginning of winter break from Dec. 19 to 21. The district originally had Dec. 19 as a half day and Dec. 20 and 21 as days off.

Board Chairman Barry Townsend said he expects the board to take action Thursday because the days can affect holiday plans for the community.

“My goal is to have the board address this issue immediately so that parents and employees know exactly what—if any—impact our decision has on their holiday plans,” Townsend said .

If the board decides to forgive the last three days and there are winter storms, then the district can make those days up during spring break or Saturdays, extend the school year beyond graduation or petition the State Board of Education and General Assembly to waive the additional days, Townsend said.

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