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.