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March 20, 2019 Page 7C i orter By Diane Glidewell news@mymc .ne) Monroe County Board of Education voted, 4-2, to move Fall Break on the 2019-20 school calendar from Oct. 11-14 to Oct 18-20 to align it with the football schedule. Board members Greg Head and Stuart Pippin voted against changing the calendar; board members Dr. Priscilla Doster, Judy Pet- tigrew, J.P. Evans and Nolen Howard voted to make the change; board member Eva Bilderback was not present for the vote at the March 12 meeting. Mary Persons football team has a home game against Upson-Lee on Oct. 11. It has an open date and does not play on Frida) Oct. 18. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman proposed the change, noting that the board sets the school calen- dar two years in advance, before football games are set. He said the football schedule was just set in Februar Doster said she was for changing Fall Break to fit the football schedule be- cause "It affects too many in the community" On the other hand Pippin said he knows five families who will lose money because of plans they have made for the announced Fall Break from Oct. 11-14. "I know families who plan [by the calendars we announce] and will lose" said Head. "That money is a lot to them" Head asked how many students are a part of the football games. Hick- man said that with 130 band members, about 50 cheerleaders and about 90 football players, there are 270-300 Mary Persons students directly involved in the games out of the 4,000 students in the school system. Head asked how often the school board changes Fall Break because of football games and was told the change was made one other time in the last three years. It was asked whether the schools might be able to work with families that had already made plans for an Oct. 11-14 break. "You're opening up a can of worms,' said Doster. "We're not doing this to make a hardship,' said Hickman. "It's just a dif- ficult situation." In other business, Hick- man told the board the school system is working on a plan of Alternative Learning Days that would let students work from home and complete assign- ments that would count for up to three instructional days in case weather forced school closings. Hi&man said he has talked with representatives at Hall County and Jef- ferson City schools about the templates they have developed to allow children to work from home and still be counted present. He said Monroe County teach- ers in each grade band are developing appropriate as- signments. Monroe County Middle School and Mary Persons will use Google Classroom. Students will have five school days after returning to school to com- plete the assignments and get credit for attending. Assignments would be communicated electroni- cally and also with a hard copy when applicable. Hickman said that when the schools scheduled make-up days a couple of years ago, attendance was only 70 percent whereas 98 percent is normal. He said the plan is only for school-wide dosures, like those caused by weather or power outages. He said about 20 school systems in Georgia are now using Alternative Learning Days. Hickman said the in- formation on Alternative Learning Days was provid- ed to inform the board and does not require approval by the board. Blackened shrimp over penne in a Creole cream with Parmesan andciabatta Keep your lawn TICK & FLEA free!: We recommend spraying in the months of April, June & August. Choose the treatment plan that works best for your needs. We are a local, small family owned business with Over 20 Years Experience!