Parents of Rock Hill students should expect to get report cards later than usual this fall, Superintendent Lynn Moody said during a school board meeting Monday night.
After the school board voted to send teachers on two days of unpaid leave, Moody said one of those days would be when teachers finalize student grades.
Teachers will be off on Oct. 23 and March 19.
Normally students would have the day off on Oct. 23 so teachers could prepare report cards. But now they'll be on furlough, Moody said, so grades will be turned in late. She expects a week delay.
A state law set to expire at the end of this school year allows schools to enact employee furloughs to help manage state cuts in money for education.
Teachers can be absent only on days when students don't have school, and administrators must take off twice as many days as teachers.
There are five days left in the school year when students would be off while teachers work, but the school board chose to furlough for two days because they said the other three days would too greatly interfere with schedules.
The furloughs are expected to save the district $800,000 of an expected $1.9 million cut in state money.
After the meeting, Sherry East, who teaches at Rock Hill schools' Phoenix Academy, said she would prefer to be furloughed on Oct. 12, because that work day has professional development training meetings scheduled teachers.
"You want to furlough me when grades are due?" she said. "Do it on a day when I'm sitting in meetings all day."
Moody said she didn't want to have teachers off on Oct. 12, because the program is in conjunction with nine other school districts and has been in the works for a year.
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