DeSoto County Schools will be using three of its “snow days” built into its calendar to make up for the lost class time from the recent closings of classes due to snow and ice.
Instead of having the day off, students will be back in classes on Friday, Feb. 16; on Monday, Feb. 19, which is Presidents Day and again on Monday, April 2, the day after Easter.
District officials pointed out in information it provided that Mississippi state law requires a minimum of 180 teaching days when both teachers and students are in attendance to be considered a school year. That means any lost days for inclement weather must be made up before the school year ends, although if the governor declares a state of emergency, exceptions may be made.
Mississippi schools are not allowed by state law to extend individual school days to make up for lost time, such as is the case in other states, such as in Tennessee.
Each year, the DeSoto County Schools calendar includes five “snow days” which the district can use to make up for lost time. When the calendar is developed before board approval, one of the snow days is earmarked for the fall semester but the other four will fall in the spring semester.
The two remaining snow days available now on the calendar are May 24-25.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.