SPS sets make-up days

Published 11:28 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

Suffolk Public Schools has moved to save students and staff a Saturday at school by canceling a professional development day on March 4 and making it a snow make-up day.

Other make-up days after this week’s six to 10 inches of snow, according to district spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw, are Presidents Day on Feb. 17 and Memorial Day on May 26. Also, parent-teacher conferences have been canceled for Feb. 7, which will now be a full day of classes.

Conferences can be scheduled on an individual basis, according to Bradshaw. She also reminded families that Monday would be any early dismissal for all students: “Midterm exams will be given to complete the exam requirement, and teachers will have the afternoon to complete grades and finish report cards.”

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The prospect of sending students and staff to school on a Saturday while allowing the development day to go ahead as planned — as the board-approved calendar would have directed without tweaking it — had some riled, according to Facebook comments.

“Missing six days of school is an unusual occurrence and one that prompted a discussion of what make-up day plan would be best for student achievement,” Bradshaw wrote in an email.

Superintendent Deran Whitney “contacted all School Board members (Friday), and they agreed with this make-up day plan.

“A consideration included avoiding Saturdays as make-up days for these four days.”

The board will determine make-up days for any future days missed as needed, she added.

Meanwhile, Bradshaw also reminded folks that Saturday’s Career and College Readiness Fair at King’s Fork Middle School has been postponed. A new date is pending.