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Pender County Schools make-up schedule

posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:57 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 12:57 PM ]
PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Board of Education has adopted revisions to the Traditional, Penderlea, and Pender Early College calendars to make up instructional time due to the impact of recent severe weather.

State law requires schools to provide 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. It also mandates start and end dates for school calendars. All schools must observe Veterans Day as a holiday and this year’s national election requires school to be closed on Nov. 8. An issued State of Emergency does not change the calendar law.

In addition to the requirements for instructional time for students, the state also mandates the number of days staff must work each calendar year. Staff must work 194 days of the 215-day contract, with the remaining 21 days scheduled as holiday and vacation days.

Pender County Schools had just over three days built in to its school calendars in the event of missed instructional time due to severe weather. Once the make-up schedule has been completed, the district will satisfy the requirement of 1,025 hours.

“Creating a schedule to make up for lost instructional time is never easy,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent of Pender County Schools. “The Board put much thought into the make-up dates, recognizing that it would be impossible to schedule instructional time without affecting scheduled activities and events, as families plan activities based on the adopted school calendar.”

When the Pender County Board of Education adopts its school calendars annually, it also adopts a make-up schedule. The Board makes this schedule available to parents at the bottom of the calendar to ensure parents are aware of the make-up schedule. When multiple days are missed due to inclement weather, the Board may need to revise this schedule slightly.

Pender County Schools teachers and administrators ensure make-up days consist of quality instructional time for students, including time for enrichment and intervention.

“Lost instructional time can have a tremendous impact on all students,” Dr. Cobb said. “It is particularly felt at the high school level due to Advanced Placement classes, college entry tests, mid-year and end-of-course tests, and graduation.”

The district’s make-up schedule began on Oct. 22, with Traditional Calendar schools and Pender Early College in session. The following dates remain on the make-up schedule:

Pender Early College and all schools operating on the Traditional Calendar, with the exception of Heide Trask High School,

- Saturday, Nov. 5
- Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Heide Trask High School will hold classes on the following dates, as the school is scheduled to be a regional College Board testing site on Nov. 5:

- Saturday, Nov. 19
- Wednesday, Nov. 23

Penderlea School will make up instructional time lost on the following dates:

- Monday, Dec. 19,
- Tuesday, Dec. 20
- Monday, Jan. 2
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