Horry County schools to make up three missed days due to Hurricane Matthew

Horry County schools to make up three missed days due to Hurricane Matthew

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Schools have announced students will be required to make up at least three days after schools were canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.

The decision was announced at Monday evening's HCS board meeting. The three days are:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23
  • Monday, Jan. 2
  • Friday, Jan. 13

Horry County Schools missed seven school days due to Hurricane Matthew. According to Superintendent Rick Maxey, a new law requires the district to make up a minimum of three of those missed days.

"South Carolina has a new law regarding make up days when students miss school due to inclement weather," he said. "That law specifies how the procedure rolls out for schools. First of all, you have to make up three days ... After those three days are made up, it is possible for the local board of trustees to waive the next three days with a majority vote of the board."

Horry County Schools have three days built into the year as planned make up days. The first day was scheduled during Hurricane Matthew. The other two days are scheduled during the spring semester. The problem, according to Maxey, is that Horry County High School students have different classes first semester from second semester. For Maxey, it's important to make sure students make up missed days the semester they're missed.

"Our students, they're competing with other students for admissions to colleges across our state, and for scholarships," Maxey said. "Those students didn't miss those days prior to taking their end of course tests and such."

It has not yet been decided if additional days need to be made up.

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