Tupelo schools’ snow makeup days set

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Cancel that four-day weekend in February.
Tupelo students will attend class on Feb. 18 and 21 to make up for four days off as a result of snow and dangerous roads. Students also will attend class on April 25, the day after Easter, and on May 23.
The district’s school board approved the make-up days at its meeting on Tuesday night.
When the district originally made its calendar during the summer, it created a potential four-day February weekend for students by giving them off for Industry Education Day on Feb. 18 and President’s Day on Feb. 21.
Those plans were changed by icy roads.
The Lee County School District, which also has missed four days, will determine its make-up dates at the next school board meeting on Jan. 25.
Lee County Schools Superintendent Mike Scott said two of those days will be Feb. 18 (Industry Education Day) and May 25, a day that will be added to the end of the school year.
Industry Education Day is coordinated by the Community Development Foundation to allow teachers from Tupelo and Lee County schools to visit different industries in the county and see the real-world skills that are being demanded from their students.
Tupelo Public School District Chief Operating Officer Billy Crews is chairman of the Community Development Foundation this year. He said CDF was reluctant to not hold Industry Education Day this year, but that it understood the responsibility of schools to replace the snow days.
Crews said that in the future, Industry Education Day might be scheduled for a time when students aren’t normally in school, so that it wouldn’t become a makeup day again. He said it might even be rescheduled later this school year.
Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver said the priority in choosing the makeup days was to have as many days of instruction as possible before the state tests in April.
Only one day will be added to the end of the year for students. Graduation will remain on May 20.
Meanwhile, teachers will need to add two makeup days at the end of the year, since they had already been scheduled to work on Industry Education Day. Their last day will be May 27.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.