Students in Dorchester District 2 will have an extra two days of classes at the end of the school year to make up for time lost to bad weather.

The school board had little choice but to approve the schedule because state law requires that districts use the three make-up days built into their calendars before missed days can be waived.

After the district requested clarification on the law from the State Department of Education, it was determined that these days must be scheduled. District students have already made up one day on a March 14 teacher work day.

Now May 30, June 2 and June 3 will be half days for students. June 3 will also be the last day for teachers.

The dismissal schedule on those days will be: Givhans Alternative Program, 9:30 a.m.; elementary schools, 10:30 a.m.; high schools, 11:30 a.m.; middle schools, 12:30 p.m.; Rollings Middle School of the Arts, 12:00 p.m.

Superintendent Joe Pye has asked school administrators to work with families who have special circumstances.

Charleston County Superintendent Nancy McGinley announced Monday at a school board meeting that a June 6 make-up day approved by the Charleston board last month will be a half day for students and a full day for staff. Charleston County already used a teacher work-day on March 28 as a make-up day.

The last full day of classes for Charleston County schools will be June 4. June 5, which was originally the last day of school, will be a half day for students.

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