Letters to the editor – Wednesday (1-19-11)
Here are some suggestions on school make-up days
In response to the letter ěBad make-up choice,î here are a few facts.
I quote from the ěMaking up Missed Daysî policy: The status of any day in the above calendar can be changed at any time during the school year if days are missed due to inclement weather. All days (with the exception of Sundays) between Aug. 25 and June 10, no matter how they are designated on the school calendar, may become a make-up school day or workday. Since the weather is unpredictable, it is impossible to guarantee student holidays or staff holidays/workdays will not be changed. Be advised that workdays (and holidays if absolutely necessary), particularly those from January through June, are subject to being changed on short notice, depending on timing and duration of inclement weather.
With that said, consider this:
1. Jan. 21, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 28, April 22 ó all teacher workdays (Jan. 24 ó make-up day).
2. Feb. 18, March 25 ó early-release days (reason unknown/not given)
3. April 26-29 ó make-up days.
Hereía suggestion ó why not make up the missed time on any of the above workdays/make-up days and/or keep the children the entire day on early-release days?
School officials decided not to make up the missed time on Jan. 17, Dr. Kingís birthday, and rightly so. Dr. King was a courageous American who committed himself to righting unfairness and injustice and it cost him his life. He should be honored for that. But the decision was made to have class on Feb. 21 ó Presidents Day ó when we honor the birth of two other great Americans, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. But this day is cited as a workday, not a holiday.
What it all boils down to is this. They would rather use a Saturday than change a staff holiday/workday. You make the call.
ó Eric Hartsell
Honoring Good Friday
I kept quiet when Salisbury lined the streets with chairs at $4 each for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The children of those who could not afford chairs were left trying to catch a glimpse over the heads of all those out in front.
Then there was our annual Veterans Day Parade. What a disgrace when our city would not even stop parking on the streets as our veterans paraded by in cars, buses and, yes, wheelchairs!
But now God has been slapped in the face! Rowan-Salisbury Schools have decided to have a snow make-up day on Saturdays and Good Friday, when Martin Luther King day was left untouched! Yes, MLK Jr. was a great man who accomplished a great deal! But something has been forgotten ó he drew his strength from God, he was a great Christian! So which day do you think he would want honored, his day or the day his Savior was nailed to the cross?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
Our son will not attend school on Good Friday! What will your house do?
ó Mary Wagner
Old calendar was better
I read yesterday that our children will make up a snow day on Good Friday. This day is the second-most important day in the Christian faith and should not be taken lightly! Itís a time to reflect on what Jesus did for us and to take a look at our lives and our need for forgiveness that He gives us freely at such a great cost for Him.
In the í60s and í70s, snow days were built into the school calendar, and if they were not used, school would end a few days early. Sometimes the old ways are better.
ó Mary W. Taylor