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Make-up school days announced for DeSoto County students

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DeSoto County students will attend classes on a couple of Saturdays in order to make up days missed due to school closings during the 2014-2015 school year.

The teachers and certified staff at DeSoto County Schools decided students will make up classes on the following days:

  • Saturday, March 21 (a 60% day)
  • Saturday, April 11 (a 60% day)
  • Tuesday, May 26 (a 100% day)

Students will also go to class on Monday, April 6, as it was previously scheduled as an inclement weather make-up day.

“In Mississippi, students have to attend 180 days," said Superintendent Milton Kuykendall. "Mississippi law does not allow us to add minutes to our days as they can in Tennessee. We decided to poll our certified staff because they would choose make-up times that were best for students academically."

Teachers were given four options for make-up days, two of which involved days during spring break and two that included school on Saturday.

The days listed above were unanimously approved by the school board on Wednesday afternoon. But, parents are split on the idea of making up classes on Saturdays.

"I would prefer Saturdays. We did that about three years ago and so that worked well. Sixty percent, you know, the kids weren't thrilled with it, but it's either that or add them on at the end of the year," said parent Candace McNeil.

"I'm not too crazy about it, but if that's what we have to do, that's what we have to do,” said Melissa Grant.

Ice and snow kept students out of class for several days over the past few weeks -- and it's not over yet.

"If it starts coming in tonight and we can't make a call by 10 o'clock, we'll be up at 3 o'clock and we'll do that. Just our same routine. We have 16 people riding the roads," said DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall.

DeSoto County students' summer is most unaffected, as long as the wintry weather doesn't continue.

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