Some East Tenn. school systems over amount of allotted snow days

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Several East Tennessee school systems have already gone over the amount of snow days they have built into their calendars.

Anderson and Monroe counties have gone over by two days each.

Cumberland County Schools have requested to be excused for up to three days requested for snow. As of Tuesday, the school district has missed a total of 15 days due to inclement weather. That’s five over the limit.

Regardless of the outcome, the district has decided to use two professional development days back to regular instruction days for students.

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Cocke County, where school was closed for two weeks, has used 12 snow days so far and only planned for five.

“We live up in Cosby and it’s been treacherous, absolutely treacherous,” said Emily Branam, who has a son in the district.

Instructional Supervisor Amanda Waits says they are considering several options to make up those days, including extending the school year and adding more class time on to each day. Five days will be added on to the end of the school year, and they’re still trying to decide how to best make up the remaining two days.

“Whatever is decided for Cocke County has to be approved by the school board so we’re going to try to put together some options for them. Whichever one they approve is the one that we as a district will have to follow,” Waits said.

Moving forward, Waits says they will consider having more than five snow days built in.

Cocke County, where school was closed for two weeks, has used 12 snow days so far and only planned for five.
Cocke County, where school was closed for two weeks, has used 12 snow days so far and only planned for five.

“It is something that we’re looking into for future years, how can we make things better work to possibly add in additional days, but for this year that was just not an option for us.”

“As long as they make them up and he gets the education and schooling he needs I’m fine with it, it doesn’t matter to me,” Branam said.

Waits says the district will decide at the next school board meeting. They are also considering asking the state for a waiver because of the severe weather conditions. Because Tennessee is under a State of Emergency, all school systems can request a waiver that will cover up to three days.

Related story: State of Tenn. to allow school systems to apply to have up to 3 snow days waived

School systems taking too many snow days will have to decide whether to make those days up at the end of the year, cancel in-service days or shorten spring break.

Web Extra: Map of school systems’ snow days

We will continue to update the map with snow totals. 

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