CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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School day to be extended in Caroline

After missing 14 days of school and starting late six times so far this school year, Caroline County students will spend 15 minutes longer at school each day, beginning Monday until the end of the year.

The School Board unanimously approved extending the school day in a work session Tuesday. Madison District’s Shawn Kelley was absent from the meeting.

Prior to Monday, school officials worked it out so that if all early release days were extended to full days, days were added to the end of the year, and some holidays were made into regular days, there would be enough hours completed to meet the state’s requirements.

Five days have been scheduled to be made up already- Feb. 17 (which turned out to be a snow day) and June 16-19. Early dismissal days of Feb. 11, March 11 and Mach 27 were all extended to be full days. April 18 is another early dismissal day that the board extended to be a full day last week.

At last week’s School Board meeting, school officials presented options for how to make up additional days if more time is missed.

Options presented included missing two days of Spring Break and Memorial Day, but the School Board members did not like those options.

But this week’s snow threw a kink in that plan. Caroline students were out Monday and had a two-hour-delay Tuesday.

If any more school is missed, school officials will have to evaluate again.

How the extra 15 minutes is spent will be decided by each school individually.