Students and parents concerned about more lost days

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Students and teachers know that a day off because of weather now means sacrificing their time and placing a hardship on parents later. 10 On Your Side is keeping track of how school districts in Hampton Roads plan to make up the missed school this week.

So far, the following districts have announced their new make up schedules:

  • Williamsburg-James City County has a make up day scheduled for April 21
  • Isle of Wight County has scheduled April 4, and June 12 and 13 as full days, instead of half days
  • Newport News has scheduled March 7 and April 18 as full days, instead of half days
  • Currituck County has make up days scheduled for March 28 and June 12
  • Hampton City schools have now added May 23 as a full day to the other three previously scheduled snow make up days on April 21, June 12 and 13 Closings & Delays

Although the Virginia Beach School Board met Tuesday afternoon, members did not discuss make up days. The decision will be in the hands of Superintendent Sheila Magula, who was highly criticized last month for deciding to make up previous snow days on three Saturdays.

Parents and grandparents told 10 On Your Side they understand Monday’s decision to cancel classes, because it’s a matter of safety first.

“I’d much rather have my grandkids at home and safe than be on the highway,” said James Fowler.

However, several students and parents told they’re concerned about what plan Magula will choose to make up the snow days this month. Among the options are more Saturday classes, extending school days, shortening spring break and converting early-dismissal days into full days.

Sophomore Dustin Norton from Princess Anne High School said he wants to keep on track for the material he needs to cover for an upcoming AP exam.

“It’s very hard to miss a day, because then we would have to learn more in extra days, and apparently Saturdays didn’t work out that well because the teachers really didn’t want to teach,” Norton said.

Stay with WAVY News 10 on air and online for information on how other local school districts plan to make up for this latest bad weather day.

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