Making up snow days

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Students across the Greater Richmond area have had their fair share of snow days. After nearly a week off from school, school districts are trying to figure out where they'll make up for lost time.

"We far exceed the state requirements," said Chesterfield County spokesperson, Shawn Smith. "The state requirements are minimum requirements."

While this holds true for most districts in our area, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond Public Schools are using February 15, Presidents Day, as a makeup day. As the school year progresses, these might not be the only changes.

Smith said Chesterfield "will not be announcing any change to our calendar as it relates to the current status for Feb. 15."

In the City of Richmond, district spokesperson, Felicia Cosby, released the following statement about future make-up days. "If future inclement weather conditions warrant additional school closings, other make up days may be considered."

In Henrico County, administrators here will be meeting soon to discuss the calendar after Wednesday's snow day.

"We do have other identified days in our calendar that can be used as make up days and those are part of the discussion we'll have both tomorrow and then into next week," said district spokesman, Mychael Dickerson.

Parents in Chesterfield County however can expect school calendar changes sooner than later.

"We anticipate making an announcement later this week about some adjustments to our school calendar to ensure that our students have some additional time in the classroom knowing that they have been out for now almost a week," said Smith.

And in Hanover County, aside from the February 15th make up day, 2 additional days have been added. February 18th and April 2nd are now full instructional days.

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