Escambia Students Won’t Have To Make Up Missed Days; Santa Rosa Will
January 31, 2014
Escambia County public school students were out three days for this week’s winter storm, but they will not have to make up the days. Across the river in Santa Rosa County, students will have hour for hour makeup days, losing part of spring break.
“There was enough time built into the regular school year that we can afford for students to miss those three days,” Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said. But, he warned, if the school district misses any other days for emergencies this year, students may be required to make up the time.
In Santa Rosa County, two of the three days will be made up on March 14 and March 17, the first two days of spring break, with the third date to be determined later.
A decision was made Monday that students would be out Tuesday and Wednesday for the impending rare Florida ice storm. By Wednesday, it was apparent that there would be no school Thursday with inches of ice on the ground and lows forecast in the teens.
“It began to melt quickly once the sun came out,” Thomas said Thursday afternoon. “We knew then that we would be a go for Friday.”
Students in Escambia County, Ala., will also not be required to make up the missed winter emergency days.
Pictured top: Inches of ice still covered a closed Ernest Ward Middle School in Walnut Hill early Thursday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.