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Make-Up Days Announced Due To 2014 Winter Weather

Monday, February 24th, 2014 - Print Article

DISTRICT – Due to winter weather conditions, Lincoln County School District was forced to close January 27th, 28th, and 29th. In addition to the missed days, Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for many counties across the state. According to Mississippi Code of 1972, in the event of a declared state of emergency by the governor, the state board is authorized to allow a district to alter its calendar on a case-by-case basis.

Lincoln County School District, along with many other districts, submitted a waiver request to the State Board of Education, asking to waive days missed and not have to ‘make up’ those days. The state school board has met and denied ALL Mississippi school district requests to waive days missed due to winter weather in January 2014.

There have been many questions and confusing statements about whether or not a waiver request was submitted by our district after Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Not only did Lincoln County submit the request on time, the State Board denied all requests by school districts (See article). Following the same procedure, Lincoln County officials submitted a waiver request again for the January 2014 winter weather.

The following is a letter directly from the Mississippi Department of Education:

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Pursuant to Section 37-13-63 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the State Board of Education (SBE) is authorized to allow a school district to alter its calendar on a case-bycase basis in the event of a natural disaster or extreme weather emergency in which the Governor has declared a state of emergency. If a school board of any school district shall determine that it is not economically feasible or practical to operate any school within the district for the full one hundred eighty (180) days required for a full school term as required by Section 37-13-63 and Process Standard 19 of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2012, said school board may notify the Mississippi Department of Education of such disaster or weather emergency and submit a request to alter the school term.

The SBE considered waiver requests submitted to the Office of Accreditation for days missed due to inclement weather during school year 2013-2014, at its regular scheduled meeting on February 20-21, 2014. The SBE strives to make every decision in an equitable and objective manner. Therefore, it was with much deliberation that the Board reviewed your requests. To ensure that they reached a fair, consistent decision, all previous requests for waivers were reviewed from school districts and found only two instances when waivers were approved; one resulted from a Governor’s Proclamation during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and another one when the missed days were at the end of the school year. Considering the precedent that had been set, as well as the belief that every instructional day is important to achieving academic goals, the SBE did not approve any district’s request for a waiver of days missed in association with the inclement weather during school year 2013-2014.

Districts will be required to make up all days missed due to the inclement weather for which all schools within the district were closed.

Lincoln County School Board has approved make-up days to be April 17th, 18th, and 21st. Please note, the 17th and 21st of April were built-in weather make-up days on the academic calendar.