January 24th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Carter County Schools have just two snow days remaining

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The Carter County School System has just two snow days remaining. If more snow happens in the county, like the storm system that gave this tree its snowy covering, then the students could see their spring break shortened and the school year lengthened.

You can’t blame Carter County students – and parents – if they have a worried look as they peruse the calendar.

After today’s closure, Carter County Schools have just two more built-in snow days before students would have to attend school during spring break, according to Peggy Campbell, assistant director of schools.

And Carter County Director of Schools Kevin Ward said earlier this week that spring break days aren’t the last option: “If we go over, we start by taking spring break days, and then add to end of year.”

“Everybody knew at the beginning of the school year that if we missed a lot, we would start taking days from our spring break,” Campbell said.

So far, all of the snow-caused missed school days have been in January. A polar vortex caused Christmas break, originally scheduled for Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, to be extended for another week.

Then some of the system’s schools experienced water leaks that had to be addressed before students could return.
Ward said the main reason all schools are closed no matter the weather differences in the mountains and the valley is because juggling multiple schedules is a burden on the school system.

“With test schedules that are scheduled with the State Department of Education, it is impossible to operate multiple schedules for schools,” Ward said. “That’s the main reason for staying on the same schedule.”

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