Charleston County School District waives "snow day" for teachers

Charleston County School District waives "snow day" for teachers

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Teachers in the Charleston County School District pleased to hear that they don't have to use a sick or personal day to make up for last month's snow day. We were the first to tell you about the email making that request last week.

"It's unfortunate that this situation had to come to this," said Patrick Hayes, a teacher at Drayton Hall Elementary School. "There is no other district in the state that went through this turmoil in the recent weather events."

In it an email sent to teachers last week, the district's Human Resources Department told teachers they would have to use a sick or personal day to make up for canceled classes on February 24th. The issue brought teachers like Patrick Hayes to Monday night's school board meeting.

"To be told we have to give up a sick day because it was a rainy day, that was just a slap in the face," said Hayes.

The policy was one of the options chosen by the district in the administrative bulletin in January. It wasn't on the books for long, as board members decided Monday night it was unfair. Parents and retired teachers believe educators should be treated better.

"They're at home on the weekends, getting the classrooms ready for the school year. They are grading tests at home. I think it certainly off sets the time," said Susan Lotterer, whose child attends West Ashley High School.

"They matter a great deal because you never know when you're going to need them. I needed them for six weeks at a time," said Jeanne Raymond, a retired CCSD teacher.

While the issue may not be completely resolved, teachers still feel tonight was a win.

"We are very pleased that the board recognized that this policy was completely inappropriate and never should have been proposed," said Hayes.

CCSD students and teachers will be in class on March 27th for the make up day. The board says the Strategic Education Committee will soon meet to plan so this doesn't happen again in the future

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