Camden schools to make up 2 days lost to storm


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CAMDEN — The Cam­den County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has taken steps to make up two days of school lost be­fore and af­ter Hur­ri­cane Florence’s ar­rival in the state.

Other area school dis­tricts, how­ever, are tak­ing a wait-and-see ap­proach, ap­par­ently wait­ing to see if the state will for­give some of the days lost.

The Camden board voted unanimously Thursday night to treat the next day, Friday, Sept. 21, as a regular school day rather than a teacher workday. The board also voted to make Oct. 8 a regular school day.

On the recommendation of Superintendent Joe Ferrell, the board elected not to take action on making up the other two days missed because of the storm. The board decided to wait and see what the state Board of Education and state lawmakes decide about possibly canceling those days given the breadth of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the state. A number of schools, particularly in the southeastern part of the state, are expected to be out of session for a while given the large-scale flooding from Florence there. The schools in hard-hit Robeson County, for example, remain closed and no decisions have been made about reopening them.

Elsewhere in the region, school district officials said they are awaiting that decision from the state before deciding any makeup dates.

Perquimans County Schools Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman said the school district would follow the current, board-approved calendar until further notice.

“Any changes to the school calendar will come after the State Board of Education and state legislators have weighed in on the subject,” he said.

Michelle Maddox, spokeswoman for the Edenton-Chowan Schools, said the district is also taking a wait-and-see approach.

“A decision about a potential makeup plan will not be made until we learn if the state will forgive days missed due to Hurricane Florence,” Maddox said. “Once a decision from the state is announced, a makeup plan (if needed) will be forthcoming. Until then, we continue to follow the 2018-2019 school calendar as approved by the Board of Education.”

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials also said they’ll wait on more information from the state before making final decisions about the school calendar.

Currituck County Schools Superintendent Mark Stefanik said his district is in good shape because it built in extra instructional hours into this year’s school calendar after missing a lot of school days last year because of inclement weather.

“As a result of those calendar changes, as of today, we have 20 instructional hours in the calendar above the state-mandated 1,025 instructional hours,” he said.

Regardless of what the State Board of Education and state lawmakers decide to do about the current school year calendar, Currituck won’t have to adjust its calendar “because we still meet the state's instructional hours mandate,” Stefanik said.