Winter storms in the month of December have necessitated changes to the current school calendar. The Cuba Board of Education authorized amending the calendar last week, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Johnny Thompson.
“Winter hasn’t been good for us so far,” said Superintendent Thompson in requesting that the board follow his suggested changes. “We have missed four days thus far (due to snow), and we had three snow days built into the calendar. I’m fearful that if we’ve missed four days before Christmas, we’ll lose more before winter is over.”
The board agreed to calendar revisions that include eliminating planned school days off on the Martin Luther King (Monday, Jan. 20) and President’s Day (Monday, Feb. 17) holidays. Instead, students will attend classes on those two days.
Thompson said by having classes on those two holidays, it will provide the district some leeway in case more inclement weather hits before next spring.
The revised calendar also provides alternatives in case of additional snow that closes the school after President’s Day. The board okayed a full day, rather than half day, on Thursday, March 20; adding Friday, March 21, as a half-day of classes; adding Friday, April 18; and then Friday, May 23. Any subsequent days would be automatically forgiven, according to state attendance requirements.
Parents and students can plan for schools being in session on MLK and President’s Day holidays. The other changes will be enacted only if additional snow days are missed henceforward, thus requiring the additional makeup days.