Thursday, April 18, 2024

WJCC and York schools ask for advice on make-up days

After the power outages following Tropical Storm Michael caused both York and WJCC schools to close last week, the school districts are looking to students and parents for advice on how to make up the lost time.

“The loss of three instructional days due to inclement weather this early in the school year is very rare,” said Olwen Herron, WJCC superintendent, on the district’s website. “Simply ‘forgiving’ that time is not a viable option since it would set back student learning during this important first semester. Therefore, we want to work with our families to make up the time with the least disruption to their schedules as possible.”

WJCC Schools

WJCC lost two days of school as a result of Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. To make up the time the school is considering the use of an early release day on either Nov. 21, which was previously scheduled as a holiday, or on Jan. 24, which was designated as a staff day.

Both those dates were already designed as potential inclement weather days but the district wants input from the community before deciding which to use.

Families, teachers and staff have until midnight on Friday to respond to the survey. The superintendent will consider the responses, and the final decision with additional information will be posted and sent out on the district’s media platforms.

To take the survey, visit WJCC online.

York County Public Schools

York County had already made Dec. 19 a make-up day after Hurricane Florence, but now the district has to include more days after Tropical Storm Michael caused schools to close last Friday, according to the district’s website.

To decide which dates to use as make-up days, the district also sent out a survey which presents participants with options for a few potential dates:

  • Nov. 12, previously scheduled as a holiday for Veterans Day.
  • Nov. 21, previously scheduled as part of Thanksgiving break.
  • Dec. 20, previously scheduled as part of Winter break.

The date chosen would be scheduled as a full day, where previously students and faculty had the day off.

Participants will have until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit their responses, after which the York County superintendent and leadership team will choose a make-up date.

The decision will be posted on the district’s website and media accounts, as well as shared through phone and email.

To take the York County survey, visit the district online.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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