SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Upset parents contacted 10 On Your Side after learning their children would make up a snow day on Memorial Day.
“It’s not fair to the kids!” said Sandra Dildy, who has four grandchildren in the Suffolk public school system.
School officials say the make up day is not negotiable. Kids will be in the classroom on Memorial Day — much to the dismay of parents in the Hampton Roads military community.
“Especially on a holiday like that, which is very important to me and the rest of people in Suffolk here,” said Dildy, whose brother is a veteran.
“Determining a make up schedule is a challenge,” said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools. “Everyone will not agree with the decisions.”
“Don’t you want to educate your family? Patriotism comes second when it comes to kids and your education,” said Cox. “Think about it. You want them to learn what patriotism is, don’t you?”
The alternative is having school on a Saturday. Officials say weekend make-up days historically have lower attendance from both students and staff.
“In previous years, SPS has found Saturday make-up days less productive for student instruction than using holidays,” said Bradshaw.
Memorial Day has been on the school board approved calendar as a make-up day for seven of the last 10 years.
The other two snow days will be made up on days previously scheduled for extra instructional hours, including February 7, February 17 and March 4.