SCCPSS seeks Calendar Modification to Make Up Lost Instructional Time
Six Makeup Days proposed for Board Approval
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System seeks to make up lost instructional time for students and ensure ample preparation for high school GMAS - End of Course Assessments.
Students have missed a total of seven (7) instructional days (Solar Eclipse on August 21st and Hurricane Irma from September 8th through September 15th) this school year due to school closures associated with dangerous weather conditions. Throughout the evacuation and recovery period surrounding Hurricane Irma, students were away from school for a total of six (6) instructional days.
In addition to the already approved Designated Make-up Days in November, four additional instructional days will be proposed during the first semester of the 2017-18 academic school year calendar:
10/09/2017 (Currently designated as a Staff Planning Day)
11/20/2017 (Designated Make Up Day)
11/21/2017 (Designated Make Up Day)
12/18/2017 (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)
12/19/2017 (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)
12/20/2017 (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)
In addition to the changes being proposed, the winter holiday period will include a School Staff/Student Holiday on January 2, 2018. A Staff Planning Day would occur on January 3rd with students returning to class for the start of second semester on January 4, 2018.
The proposed change to the school year calendar is subject to Board approval and will be presented during a Special Called Meeting scheduled for September 25, 2017, at 3:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Whitney Administrative Complex, Bldg. G, located at 2 Laura Avenue in Savannah.
In addition to proposed makeup days, SCCPSS wishes to inform parents that their students will be able to eat lunch for free on school days starting tomorrow, September 22, 2017 and extending through next Friday, September 29th. Parents are not required to do anything for their students to receive the free lunch. It is being provided as part of the FEMA response to the disaster declaration our state received due to Hurricane Irma. SCCPSS Nutrition Services already provides a free breakfast to all students year round.