Some schools cancel Memorial Day holiday for bad weather make-up day

This article has been updated with information from York School District One.

At least two local school districts will use the regularly scheduled Memorial Day holiday as a make-up day for students and teachers next month. The make-up day is needed to replace a school day missed in February for inclement winter weather.

District officials with Clover and Rock Hill schools say Memorial Day – May 25 – will not be a holiday this year. Teachers and students will attend school.

Fort Mill school district officials say they’re waiting to see whether legislative efforts in Columbia will be successful to waive school districts’ current obligation to make up the missed day. The district says, either way, it will not use Memorial Day as a make-up day.

Legislative bills are pending in the General Assembly that would allow school districts to waive the need for make-up days related to bad weather.

If legislative efforts fail and the school district must make up the day, Fort Mill officials say June 3 will be a full day for students and teachers, instead of the half-day currently scheduled. June 4 and 5 would then be required as half-days.

In York, Memorial Day may be used for a make-up day. School officials plan to announce a decision on Friday. The decision is dependent on whether the General Assembly allows districts to forgive the missed days, officials said.

In Chester County, district officials say schools have two days to make up for inclement weather, if the days aren’t forgiven by state officials. Memorial Day will not be used, officials said. If needed, make-up days would be held June 1 and 2, tacked on to the end of the regular school year.

In Lancaster County, Memorial Day is already considered a regular school day, not treated as a day off. If a make-up day is required, school officials said June 1 would be used. That would add one extra day to Lancaster schools’ regular academic year.

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