Officials unsure whether schools will make up days

by Celia Shortt


Newnan city workers spread sand on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Newnan during the height of the snowstorm Tuesday. 

Coweta County School System is using its fifth snow day of the school year today, and it remains unclear as to when and how those days will be made up.

According to Coweta County Schools Public Information Officer Dean Jackson, the school system will consult with state Department of Education officials.

Jackson also said Coweta County school employees already need to make up the missed days and are in the process of making up the other two days taken earlier this month.

The school system decided on Monday to close school on Tuesday because of the severe weather predicted in the area. Teachers were still required to be at school. Around lunchtime on Tuesday, snow began falling. Teachers were sent home and shortly after school officials made the decision to remain closed on Wednesday.

The snow, ice, and cold temperatures that followed crippled metro Atlanta and areas on the southside, including Coweta, and forced city and county school closings.

The snow also led to Coweta canceling school today, making it their fifth snow day this year. At the beginning of January, school officials closed school for two days because of extremely cold temperatures. Unofficial temperatures in Newnan at that time were five degrees.

The official temperature in Peachtree City and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was six degrees. Past solutions for Coweta County with making up snow days have included additional days added to the school calendar, and extra time added to each school day.

It is currently unclear what the solution will be this time. The Coweta County Public Library system was also closed today because of the severe weather in the area.

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