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Gwinnett County Public School System works plans to make up winter days smoothy

From Snellville, Georgia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2014
News Media Contact: Communication and Media Relations, 678-301-6020

A combination of snow make-up days and an extension to the school day will
address missed instructional time
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced today its plan for making
up the seven days missed due to inclement weather in January and February.

While the Georgia Board of Education has provided school districts
flexibility in whether or not to make up these days, our school system
historically has made up missed instructional time.

With that in mind, school district leaders considered a variety of options that could address
the lost instructional time. The district’s plan focuses on four criteria:
The critical importance of maintaining 180 days of instruction.

Making up the lost time in a manner that will have the most positive
impact on instruction.

(The best option would provide time within the current calendar prior to key assessments--CRCT, EOCTs, and AP exams--
rather than adding days on to the end of the school year.)

Devising a plan that would have the least impact on students, families, and employees. A desire to cause as little disruption as possible to the tentative graduation schedule.

With this in mind, the following changes will be made to the 2013-14 school
calendar:

The school system will use its three built-in make-up days: February 17,
March 14, and May 22.

The remaining four days will be made up by extending the school day by 30 minutes for 48 days. This means that all schools will dismiss a half-hour later than their regular time, from March 3 through May 14.

The last day of school will be Thursday, May 22. (Adjustments will be made to the tentative graduation schedule with the caveat that additional changes could occur if more days are missed due to inclement weather. High schools will  communicate those changes with seniors and their families.)

Regarding teacher workdays, teachers will work a required staff development day on Friday, May 23. School leaders will work with their teachers on making up the other two staff development days, ensuring they are completed prior to June 6.

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks says, “The addition of 30 minutes to the school day during March, April, and early May will allow us to make up the equivalent of four instructional days in what is the least disruptive manner possible, as students and teachers already will be at school.

The proposed plan is a logical, responsible one that we feel will best serve our students, teachers, and staff.”

(See attached file: GCPS to make up days missed due to inclement weather.pdf)(See attached file: GCPS Plan for Addressing Missed Instructional Time FINAL.pdf)

Sloan Roach
Executive Director of Communication and Media Relations
Gwinnett County Public Schools
437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
Telephone: (678) 301-6021 Fax: (678) 301-6030
sloan_roach@gwinnett.k12.ga.us 

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