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Trustees Set Makeup Days, Change Graduation Date

Halifax County School Board members changed the graduation date for the Halifax County High School Class of 2010 to Friday, June 4, and approved a proposed amendment to the current school calendar at its monthly meeting Monday night.

The school board changed the date of graduation at the high school for the Class of 2010 from Friday, May 28, to Friday, June 4. Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph recommended the change due to the number of school days missed.

Commencement exercises will be held at 6 p.m. on June 4 in the school gymnasium.

The five days missed last week will be made up as follows:

Day 1—Monday, Feb. 15 (originally a holiday for students and staff)

Day 2—Friday, March 12 (originally a teacher workday, no early dismissal)

Day 3—Friday, May 28 (originally a teacher workday, no early dismissal)

Day 4—Monday, May 31 (originally a holiday for students and staff)

Day 5—Tuesday, June 1

Additional days missed will be made up one for every two days missed. Schools were closed for the sixth day Tuesday, but a makeup day will be scheduled on Wednesday, June 2, if and when schools are closed for a seventh day.

Thursday, June 3, would be used as a makeup day for the eighth and ninth days missed, and Friday, June 4, would be used as a makeup day for the 10th and 11th days missed.

Deputy Superintendent Larry Clark proposed the recommended changes to the school calendar to the school board. Clark said the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2006 that specified for the first time how school divisions were to make up days missed.

“For the first five days missed, school divisions will make up one day for every day missed,” Clark said referring to the way the current school calendar was designed. “Beginning with day six through day 11, school divisions will make up one day for every two days missed.”

In recommending amending the school calendar, Clark said, “In conversation with the staff and superintendent, we would like to propose that the board consider an amendment to the makeup schedule.”

Clark said June 2, 3 and 4 would carry the school system through missed days six through 11.

“If by chance we miss more than 11 days of school, then it would fall to you (school board) to do one of two things,” he explained. “One would be to continue to schedule makeup days on into June according to the formula, or request from the state department of education a waiver of the 180 day rule, the 990 hour rule.”

The Virginia Department of Education requires school divisions to schedule 180 instructional days with 990 hours of classroom instruction.