Valley Schools Work to Schedule Make-Up Days after Repeated Closings

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Augusta County students will be on a two-hour delay Tuesday. Even without the delays, full snow days are piling up and now, school leaders have to make up for lost time.

After back-to-back school closings, Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County students will now have to attend classes on President's Day, which was originally scheduled as a teacher workday. Staunton students will have an additional makeup day in March.

Augusta County has really had the brunt of it. And with many smaller roads in the county, officials have shut down schools to keep kids safe. But now, they're dealing with the aftermath by calling extra time on President's Day.

School officials say not only is this time off a burden for keeping students on track, but it also creates a mess for athletics.

"We have 22 games that we are allowed to play in the state of Virginia, so when you start knocking out one or two games here or there, we're all of a sudden faced with playing three, four, sometimes maybe even five times a week and that's very difficult for kids,” said Steve Hartley, athletic director at Stuarts Draft High School.

Schools already had several days built in to accommodate for winter weather, but this season they've had to deal with even more than what's expected.

Schools have also faced many two-hour delays, and while there's not a way to factor in that lost time in the classroom, that does begin to add up as well.
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