By Kim West
Limestone County school officials announced Thursday their strategy to make up missed days caused by inclement weather and icy road conditions on Monday and Tuesday.
Instead of adding two full days to the school calendar, each of the county’s 13 campuses will be in session an extra hour for 10 days to make up for lost instructional time.
Limestone Schools did not have any wriggle room in the school calendar after severe weather caused missed classroom time for students during the fall.
The county’s extended schedule will be Jan. 13-17, Jan. 21-24 and Jan. 27. The school system could not use Jan. 20 as an extended day due to the Martin Luther King Jr./Robert E. Lee holiday, said spokeswoman Karen Tucker on Thursday.
For example, Blue Springs Elementary School typically releases students at 2:40 p.m., according to its website. On the extended days, classes will be held until 3:40 p.m.
East Limestone High School’s final bell is listed at 3:02 p.m. During the weather make-up days, class will let out at 4:02 p.m.
Terry Roller, spokesman for Athens City Schools, said no additional days for students are required for the city school system, which was only closed on Monday and used delayed openings on Tuesday and Wednesday for its seven schools.
“We are already meeting our requirement for days and instructional hours because we only missed one this week,” Roller said.
He said city school officials are considering adding a staff development day, which would not affect students.
Spring break for the city and county school systems is March 24-28. The city’s final instructional day is May 28, while the last day of class for county students is May 29.