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School on Saturday, Cartersville district looking at making up lost time

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Some school districts in Metro Atlanta are already deciding how to handle missed school days due to recent debilitating winter storms.

For students in one district in Bartow County, that may mean missing their Saturday morning cartoons.

Faculty at Cartersville City Schools were notified Friday afternoon of the recommendation the superintendent will make to the school board at a special meeting called for Monday night.

The recommendation will be to make up three of the seven snow days.

One of the makeup days would be on Friday, March 14; switching it from a teacher workday to a normal school day.

The other two makeup days would be held on the subsequent Saturdays, March 15 and 22.

"There will be some disappointment, but at the same time; as adults, I think, sometimes we have to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students; and those decisions aren't always going to be popular," said Steve Butler, principal at Cartersville High School.

According to Butler, it was no easy task for district officials to come up with a solution; despite being given an easy way out by the Georgia Board of Education.

The state announced that schools could simply forgive up to nine missed school days this year.

Cartersville City Schools Superintendent Howard Hinesley said that's not going to happen in his district.

"We believe that's too many, and we've heard from teachers that are concerned about the amount of time that has been missed," said Hinesley.

Missing seven days of classes could easily be the equivalent of an entire chapter of material teachers will not get to.

In order to make sure its students are a little better prepared for state assessment at the end of the year, Cartersville City Schools is looking to make up three of the seven days.

Still, some wonder, if you are going to make up some; why not all? The answer is not as simple as you may think, according to Hinesley.

As we approach spring and the end of the school year, everyone's schedule is getting fuller.

One option the district shot down was to add days of instruction at the end of the scheduled year.

"That doesn't make any sense because you've already completed state assessment, and people are raring to get out for summer," said Hinesley.

Another recommendation that failed to make the grade was to add a few minutes to each school day. In his opinion, an extra 10 minutes per day isn't significant enough time for a classroom full of students to benefit from.

"We don't think you get the impact that you need," said Hinesley.

Yet another possibility was to bring students in during spring break.

"We felt like that was going to bring a different kind of reaction for many people that had made plans for spring break, some of the people have made deposits on trips and things like that; so we looked at a weekend solution," said Hinesley.

The weekend solution is not without its own conflicts. Hinesley is aware that there are some community and school events scheduled for the two Saturdays he is recommending be used for instruction.

Still, Hinesley had to do a bit of juggling just to get to those Saturdays to begin with.

With spring break, Easter, and the high school prom falling in quick succession, followed by just a few short weeks until end of course assessments, Hinesley opted to just use the two open Saturdays and forgive the remaining four snow days.

All of this hinges on whether the school board approves Hinesley's recommendation.

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