The 2013-14 school year will be among the shortest on record for local school systems, thanks to a pair of winter storms.
The Georgia State Board of Education granted a waiver for local school systems to “forgive” days missed due to the winter storms. The Commerce and Jackson County systems each missed a total of six days, five to storms and one due to extreme cold temperatures.
As a result, the Jackson County School System will abandon its plan announced last week to extend school 20 minutes a day for most of the rest of the school year, but students will attend school on March 14 and May 22 — previously student holidays — to recoup two of the lost days.
The Commerce School System made up one lost day last Friday, Feb. 21. It had shortened its 2013-14 calendar by six days out of budget concerns, leaving 174 instructional days. It will not make up the five days “waived” by the state, reducing the school year to 169 days.
For the full story, see the Feb. 26 issue of The Commerce News.