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Parents in Douglas County react to the storm

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School board members in Douglas County heard from parents Monday night.

The district was among several others that did not cancel school during the snowstorm and had issues taking students home.

Some parents came to the meeting to vent.

"This was an absolute disaster. I'm very disappointed. I think when you are talking about kids, you should err on the side of safety," said parent Alec Carter.

School Board Chair Janet Kelley spoke to some parents who did not get to share their frustrations after the meeting. She said, "I know there is nothing that I can say to make those folks not be angry. Their anger is justified. I sincerely apologize for any stress that they have received due to the actions of the school system."

Some parents said the district needs improvement in severe weather planning.

The district says the superintendent is working with staff and outside agencies to evaluate their severe weather protocol.

The school district sent out the following information about the make-up policy for the missed days:

"As we know, students have missed a total of four days of school due to cold and inclement weather in the month of January. State law in Georgia allows students to miss a total of four days due to weather conditions, without having to make up the days. Although there is still a bit of 'winter' to go, there is no plan to use the student holidays on February (13, 14 and 17) to make up these days. We will exercise our allowance to not make up these days under state law. There is also the possibility the State Board of Education may 'forgive' having to count the three missed days on Jan. 29, 30 and 31 as part of the four allowable days, since the governor had declared a state of emergency on those three days. This would become important if we were to miss additional school days between now and the end of the school year. Of course we hope that is not the case as every instructional day is valuable.

"We hope this information will be helpful as you finalize any family plans for the Feb. 13-17 winter holidays."

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