The Walker County Board of Education announced Wednesday afternoon that remaining days that needed to be made up were voted on by teachers with the make-up days being set for Saturday, March 26; Thursday, April 14; Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16; Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, May 7.
Walker County Superintendent Jason Adkins said schools were forced to make up seven missed school days, and have already made up one by having classes on President’s Day. He added that April 14-15 were already scheduled weather days.
Adkins said he realized having school on Saturdays may be unpopular with many, but he felt the teachers should be the ones to decide.
“The teachers voted and it was pretty overwhelming toward having school on some Saturdays,” he said. “I had personally felt like putting it at the end of school would be the best idea, but the teachers are the ones that are going to be there, and I felt like their input was the most important factor in determining which days to use as make-up days.”
The make-up days, Adkins said, by law must be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. full days.
“We will have to go the full day,” he said.
Holding school on Saturdays is not a popular decision among parents, according to posts left on the Walker County Schools Alert System page on Facebook, but Adkins said he stands behind the decision.
“This will definitely interfere with some plans, but it is something that we had to do,” he said. “The decision has been made and I stand behind it and I support it. We need to get the information out there to the parents and move forward with the remainder of the school year.”