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Fort Mill students won't have classes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday for Fort Mill School District students.

Again.

And there will be no scheduled classes after high school graduation, despite a mandated weather make up day slated for June 8.

“Last week the legislature passed a bill allowing school districts flexibility on whether or not to make up weather days,” school board Chairwoman Jan Smiley said.

Students were slated to attend school on May 25 and June 8 due to previous inclement weather that prompted officials to close schools twice this year. Yet, the decision to hold school on the much celebrated Memorial Day — part of a weekend where some families take mini vacations — and days after senior students graduate, evoked mixed reactions from parents and students alike.

“Based on the timing of those days, we voted to not make up those days,” Smiley said. “We are taking advantage of that option.”

The school board voted Monday night to not make up May 25 and June 8 weather days, Smiley said. And the move was a good thing, she said.

“It was met with applause from the audience after we made that decision,” Smiley said.

“That’s a good thing. It gives families flexibility on those holidays once again.”

The unanimous vote means no school come May 25, Smiley said.

It also means that the last day of school is no longer June 8, originally slated as a teacher work day, according to the annual calendar on the district’s Web site. The makeup days were scheduled because of cancellations following snowfall and the threat of snowfall. With Monday’s vote, the last day of school has returned to June 5, Smiley said.

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