Presidents Day full school day

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) announced Wednesday that Presidents Day on Feb. 19 will act as a regularly scheduled school day due to school cancellations resulting from inclement weather, the division announced on a social media post.

Nancy Leonard

“President’s Day, February 19, 2018 was originally scheduled as a holiday,” the post cited. “However, due to missed instructional time, Monday, February 19, 2018 will now be an instructional make-up day for students.”

Superintendent of Charlotte County Schools Dr. Nancy Leonard said currently, the division has missed 11 days of school due to inclement weather. “We had five makeup days built into our instructional calendar,” said Leonard.

She said the division will use instructional time that has been banked to satisfy the remainder of the instructional time requirements.

“This combination will cover the instructional time requirements from the Virginia Department of Education,” Leonard said. “This approach will keep Spring Break intact, as well as keep graduation for our senior class as scheduled.”

According to information from the Department of Education, schools divisions are required to provide a minimum of 180 days or 990 hours of instruction time each school year.

According to a state superintendent’s memo, if the requirements are not met, then school divisions must make up the first five days missed and make up one days for every two days missed after that. This can be accomplished by adding extra teaching days or extending the school days, officials said in the memo.

Previously, Leonard said she makes the decision when to close county schools based on road checks performed by the division’s transportation department, road temperature sensors, forecasts and turnaround locations for buses. “I also consider closing schools when wind chills reach dangerously low temperatures,” she said previously. “I am concerned for the health and safety of students waiting for buses in those temperatures.”