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Snow Day Dilemma

snowmanWITH JACKSON COUNTY STUDENTS MISSING ALMOST ALL OF LAST WEEK DUE TO SNOW, LOCAL SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE BUSY PLANNING TO MAKE UP THE MISSED TIME. SO FAR THIS YEAR, STUDENTS IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT AND AT THE JACKSON COUNTY EARLY COLLEGE HAVE MISSED 11 DAYS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, BLUE RIDGE HAS MISSED 12 SNOW DAYS. SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THEY ARE NOW ARE COUNTING HOURS OF INSTRUCTION RATHER THAN DAYS TO MEET STATE REQUIREMENTS. BASED ON THE STATE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OF 1,025 INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS, THE LAST STUDENT DAY WILL BE JUNE 9 FOR THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT; MAY 29 FOR BLUE RIDGE AND MAY 28 FOR JACKSON COUNTY EARLY COLLEGE IF MORE DAYS ARE MISSED  THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL BE FORCED TO CONTINUE THE PLAN OF POSSIBLE SATURDAY MAKE-UPS THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSING THE POSSIBILITIES OF USING SATURDAY, MAY 31, AND EVEN EXTENDING THE LENGTH OF THE SCHOOL DAY BY 10 MINUTES SHOULD IT BECOME ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.