Lenoir County Public Schools has added another make-up day to its school calendar to offset instructional time lost last week to snow.
Students will now be going to school on Friday, Feb. 23, which was originally scheduled as a teacher workday.
LCPS has lost 5½ school days to winter weather and icy roads since Jan. 3. Two of those student days were absorbed by instructional hours built into the calendar in excess of the 1,025 hours required by state law for a public school year. The calendar changes cover the other 3½ days.
Two of days were made up this week. Monday and Tuesday were converted to regular school days from teacher workdays. Exams began Monday under the revised calendar for traditional high schools.
An early-dismissal day – Thursday, Feb. 22 – was changed to a full school day earlier this month. For now, the designation of Friday, Feb. 23, as a regular school day evens LCPS out against the rash of snow days this month.
Having school that Friday forces the rescheduling of the district’s Science Olympiad for elementary students and for teacher training also on the calendar for that date. LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams said new dates for both Science Olympiad and the training will be set in the near future.
These calendar changes do not apply to Lenoir County Early College High School, which operates on a separate calendar aligned to that of its host, Lenoir Community College.