Glynn County Schools officials are considering altering the school calendar slightly next year to provide potential make-up days in case weather events cause school closures.
This school year and last year, hurricanes closed schools for several days, forcing the school board to decide how, or if, to make up the lost instruction time.
At a work session Thursday night, the Glynn County Board of Education looked over two proposed drafts that include potential weather make-up days.
Jim Pulos, assistant superintendent for student achievement, said the drafts have been reviewed by a group of teachers and administrators, as well as by Woody Woodside, president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.
Pulos said school officials are still seeking input from schools and community members before asking the board to make a final vote to approve the 2018-2019 school calendar.
“Final vote for this would happen after we get input on everything, and that will be in February,” Pulos said.
The first draft mostly replicates this year’s school calendar. Students return for the first day of class on the second Thursday in August, and teachers return prior to that for professional development training and work days.
The calendar also includes, however, three marked days that could potentially be used as weather make-up days.
“If we were to have another weather event, we would designate those as potential days that we would come back to make up,” Pulos said. “So we’re providing advance notice.”
The calendar lists Veteran’s Day and the first two days of the traditionally week-long Thanksgiving break as potential make-up days.
In the second proposed calendar draft, students return to class two days earlier, on the second Tuesday of August.
“So the two days earlier actually helps us balance the semesters a little better and also allows us, should we have additional days to make up for weather, that we can at least look to try to slide something in.”
The school board took no official action on the 2018-2019 school calendar Thursday.
At the work session, the school board also elected Jerry Mancil as the new board chairman, replacing Mike Hulsey, who has served in the position for two consecutive years. Marcus Edgy was elected vice chairman, replacing Mancil.