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HCS amends school calendar

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By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Schools officials have made adjustments to the school calendar after missing the past week of school because of snow.

The HCS board voted in a meeting Thursday to amend the calendar to make up two days missed because of weather. Schools are in session Feb. 17 and March 24.

The board also began making plans for future missed days, and discussed the possibility of using days from spring break.

Feb. 17 previously was a day off for students because of President’s Day, and March 24 was going to be used for a professional development day for teachers. Now, teachers will complete professional development May 20, which is primary election day. Students can’t attend school on election days.

Friday was the ninth day missed because of snow, and with the new make-up days added in, the last day of school is May 30.

The HCS calendar provides for make-up days until June 6. The board agreed to make up days until June 13, and if more days are needed, spring break could be used. Spring break is set for March 31-April 4.

Superintendent Nannette Johnston said she wanted spring break to stay intact if possible, because staff and students make other plans during that time, such as vacations and medical procedures. Johnston said she feared if school was in session during the break, attendance would be low and many substitute teachers would be needed.

“We want to have instructional quality, not just have school to get days in,” she said. 

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.