After snow and slippery roads forced area schools to cancel two more days of school Jan. 17 and 18, school officials have announced schedule changes to make up the snow days.
Since Jan. 1, students have been out of school for a total of seven days, which is more than the six days they have had school.
As a result, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools will adjust its calendar to make sure they meet the state-required number of instructional hours.
Changes include the following dates:
- March 2, previously an early release, will become a full school day for all students.
- March 30, previously a student holiday, will become a full school day for all students.
- April 19, previously an elementary early release day, would become a full school day for all students. Parent conferences will be rescheduled as needed.
- High school exams on Feb. 24 and 25 have been canceled.
If high school students wish to take a semester exam, they must register to do so by 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Registration forms will be available in high school main offices. Students will need to work with teachers to arrange times to take the tests, and the administration will work with staff to facilitate test times during and after school. All tests must be taken on or before Feb. 8. Exam scores will only be counted if they improve a students grade average.
If additional school days are missed, Feb. 19, Presidents Day, might become a full school day, according to a W-JCC announcement.
York County Public Schools was forced to adjust its high school testing schedule because of the snow days. Students will have full school days Jan. 24-26, and early release days will now occur Jan. 29-31. High school testing will take place Jan. 26-31. President’s Day, Feb. 19, will become full school day for York County students.
There was no change to the W-JCC school calendar for the first five snow days because the school system plans more hours into the school year than the state minimum requires to build a buffer for school cancellations that are the result of emergencies or bad weather, schools spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith said.
However, the past two snow days forced the schools to make calendar changes to meet state requirements for 180 days and 990 hours of instructional time.
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