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Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 16, 2014

Davie students will not be required to make up the day lost last week as a result of the polar front that moved through, causing dangerous wind chill levels.

The school board voted unanimously to waive Jan. 7 after they were told by Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness that schools already exceed the state-mandated number of hours of instruction. Students are required to log 185 days or 1025 hours of instruction. Hartness said the amount of hours students are in school varies by grade levels, but high schoolers receive about 1080 hours of instruction.

According to the school calendar, the make-up days were to be Saturdays, when possible, March 28, and June 9, 10, and 11. Hartness said it would have been difficult to have students attend school Saturday because high school exams began Monday.

“There is no tremendous advantage to making up this day,” Hartness said.

Board members commended him for his decision to close school on a day when the morning temperature was 5 degrees with wind chills in the negatives.