No make-up days for Cobb schoolchildren
by Hannah Morgan
February 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 3739 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Michael Hinojosa is all smiles after The Cobb Board of Education approved his resignation and he will be leaving his post May 31.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Dr. Michael Hinojosa is all smiles after The Cobb Board of Education approved his resignation and he will be leaving his post May 31.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — Cobb students won’t be making up any of the six days canceled by snowstorms in the last two months.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is instead asking principals to get creative with “maximizing” the few weeks of school before state tests are administered in late April.

The State Board of Education adopted a resolution last week giving local school boards the option not to make up school time missed while Gov. Nathan Deal put Georgia under a “state of emergency.”

Marietta City Schools announced last week it will be lengthening school days during the month of March by one hour each day to make up lost time.

Hinojosa announced Monday that Cobb Schools would not be adding additional class time.

Instead, individual schools have been asked to submit plans on how they will maximize learning during the remaining school weeks leading up to the end of the school year.

“Leadership in Cobb schools will address the snow days by utilizing all available resources to maximize remaining instructional time. Each school will present a plan that outlines how it will supplement the instructional deficit caused by the loss of instructional days,” Hinojosa wrote in a press release.

Shortening spring break, adding extra days to the end of the school year and lengthening school days were not feasible options for Cobb, and would “impact the fidelity and instructional benefit of implementation,” the release said.

A list of more attainable options has been posted on the district website, giving teachers and principals ideas on how to “maximize” learning.

Options include offering optional Saturday School, encouraging teachers to post extra blogs, focus the learning on specific standards on state tests and restricting scheduling new field trips.

Each school has been asked to coordinate within and put forth a plan for preparing students for state tests within the time allotted, and principals are scrambling to pull those plans together by the March 7 deadline.

Board member Randy Scamihorn said he wasn’t surprised by Hinojosa’s decision.

“I’m not surprised because there aren’t good options. I think it’s a smart idea to let the principals have the autonomy to work with the kids they have, because every area of Cobb County is a little different,” Scamihorn said.

Kevin Daniel, principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School, was still working with staff to come up with a plan Wednesday afternoon.

“We are currently finalizing our plan that is due to the central office next week. Still a work in progress,” Daniel said.

At Hollydale Elementary School in Marietta, the computer lab and media center will be opened for more than 45 extra minutes before school in March so teachers and students can use the computers to work on homework and class assignments, according to a plan submitted to the district.

Tritt Elementary in Marietta has canceled a reading event scheduled for Friday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday to ensure students will be in classrooms making up for lost time, according to the school’s plan.

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oceanbluewave
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March 04, 2014
Ridiculous! I AM outraged. Education is simply not important to enough parents. What a joke. Maximize the time they have in school? They need EXTRA days. They have missed too much and already have a short school year with ALL of the days that they already get off.

Just Wait
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February 27, 2014
Where is the outrage from the parents? That's right, they are more concerned about little Johnny or Jane getting to their soccer game or little league game than actually obtaining an education. And what a toss from Hinojosa. Letting each school decide how or if they will make up the days. Education in Cobb is a joke.
bestcasescenario
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February 28, 2014
Pretty sure you're being sarcastic. Either that or you are a mental midget. Did you not read the story?

"Instead, individual schools have been asked to submit plans on how they will maximize learning during the remaining school weeks leading up to the end of the school year."

This is the BEST possible scenario for a freak winter that most likely, will never happen again. Why on earth would you think it'd be a good idea for a blanket mandate to be thrust upon each school? Each principal and group of administrators know best how their school will meet the needs of their students. This is one of the most sensible things this lame duck super has come up with. You must be an Obama supporter who loves having government meddle in your life. I'm just happy all the schools have the flexibility to do what's best for THEIR students and school.

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