Lamar Co. students to make up snow days


Lamar County students will be back in school on Monday, Feb. 19 – the holiday known as Presidents Day – to make up for Dec. 8, the one day that snow wreaked havoc on the Pine Belt, according to Superintendent Tess Smith.

However, the two days that schools were closed last week because of the snowfall of up to 6 inches is another question.

“The snow days we had this week, we are working on forgiveness,” she said after last Thursday’s rescheduled School Board meeting. “We will be at a massive superintendents’ meeting in Jackson, when we can get with other superintendents to consider what we can do about it. This is one of those cases when all of the schools in the state were affected.”

Smith and other county officials are attending the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Winter Conference in Jackson this week.

Late last week, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for state schools because of the snowfall last week.

“This extreme winter weather has caused hazardous driving conditions, damage to homes, businesses, and public property, preventing access to and causing many schools to be closed,” he said in his declaration. “These school closures may create a situation where it will not be economically feasible or practicable to operate some schools for the full 180 days required for a scholastic year; and in consideration of the health and safety of the residents and the protection of their property within the affected areas, and in the public interest, the State Board of Education shall review plans for altering the school calendar.”

Smith did not say when she expected to receive word on the other two days that schools were closed because of the weather.