“We’re not doing anything to interfere with people’s plans for Winter Break [Feb. 17-18]. What we’re waiting on is we got a communication from the department of education that said during their February meeting, which is coming up pretty quick, [there could be] forgiveness of several student days, so we’re waiting for a decision on that,” Hinesley said. “We do not have the authority to waive teacher/employee days, so we’ll have to make those up some way and we were discussing how to do that before this storm.”
He said GaDOE is expected to vote to forgive four to five student days. Both Cartersville and Bartow dismissed early on Jan. 28 and remained closed through Jan. 31. The systems also closed schools on Tuesday, Feb. 11, as well as today, making a current total of a little more than five days.
“We have communicated to our employees that they can work if they want to or take personal days as one way of making up some of these days as so many student days are going to be forgiven,” Hinesley said.
Bartow County Superintendent John Harper said the system also will close for its Winter Break, Feb. 17-21.
“Everything tells us our winter is going to be bad, and so far it is. The commitment I’ve made is to not take away Winter Break or Spring Break, so we’ll do what we’ll have to do to make it up,” Harper said. “We don’t know what the state is going to do in regard to the days and the makeup. We were at the end of winter and we knew that we were going to have interruptions with attendance at school.
“We’ve started to look at some options, but once this is all said and done, we’ll discuss it with the board and see where we go but now it’s too early.”
Also closed today are Georgia Highlands College and Chattahoochee Technical College.