COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- There's not much snow left on the ground, but when the snow was falling, and the ice was forming, kids were excused from school. But now, just as the snow is melting, so is their time off, and children in Columbus and Bladen Counties have to go to school on Saturdays to make up for their snow days.
"Our faculty and staff and administrators, students, they know that if we miss a day because of inclement weather, if it was a hurricane or snow, that first Saturday and any additional Saturdays we need to make up, they know that we actually have to do this,” explained Columbus County Superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland.
Strickland said he hasn't gotten much negative feedback, and Southeastern Early College High School Principal Laura Davis agrees. "Well, it's hard to complain about working today when we had so many days off, so faculty and staff were just really ready to get back at it."
Because superintendents in Columbus and Bladen counties didn't want to interrupt the makeup days, WWAY wasn't allowed to visit the schools and speak with students, but Davis said most students weren't upset. "I've not heard too many complaints, and the students were just really excited to get back together and see their friends and teachers."
Strickland said he did consider making up a day during spring break, but decided not to because some students were in the middle of testing, and the weather is unpredictable. "With the possibility of severe weather; this is the second weekend in January, with winter just starting, we thought we needed to get those in in case we have another inclement weather day that we have to deal with. So, that's the reason behind what we did."
Official attendance numbers are not yet available, but Strickland said there was not an abnormal amount of absences.