WS/FCS schools discuss adding 20 minutes to school days to make up for lost time

(Photo provided by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

(Photo provided by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The ice from last week’s storm is gone, but the clean up and discussion of school makeup days continue.

On Tuesday, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system will talk about adding 20 minutes to the end of every school day after spring break to make up for lost time in the classroom.

This proposal was sent to parents in an email by Director of Marketing and Communications Theo Helm.

“We believe that adding 20 minutes gives teachers enough time to make a difference in instruction without disrupting afternoon schedules more than necessary,” the email read.

School has been canceled eight times this school year, which Helm says is the most they’ve had to cancel in 10 years.

With their current makeup schedule, the last day of school would be Monday, June 16. To avoid having a makeup day on that Monday, the Board of Education is considering adding 20 minutes to every school day after spring break.

Thelm says the board thinks this is a more effective end to the year without having everyone come back for one more Monday of school after the seniors graduate.

That means school will dismiss 20 minutes later from April 7-June 13.

The issue will be discussed at tonight’s meeting.

Other school systems are adding days to the calendar, or trying to get the State to waive the days.

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