• 46°

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
Salisbury
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
Rockwell
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
Cleveland

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal

Local

Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic

Crime

Man faces drug charges after breaking and entering call

Lifestyle

Waterworks schedules 2021 Summer ARTventures

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being found passed out in vehicle

Ask Us

Ask Us: What programs exist for litter cleanup?

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual