Fayetteville students will be heading to class on Saturday. School district administrators chose to hold classes on some holidays and Saturdays because of the time lost to snow days.
This week marks the district’s first six-day school week since 2011. Monday was marked as a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but local school districts held classes to make up the snow days from winter storms in December.
Many students are not happy about the decision.
“That is terrible, I would not even go. I would probably stay home,” said Springdale student Neil Parsons. who’s district is not making up school on Saturday.
Some parents, meanwhile think it’s a great idea.
“It doesn’t bother us at all, its a great idea,” said parent Mitchell Erwin. “That way, you don’t have school during summer.”
Elementary schools, junior high schools and the high school are scheduled to get off an hour early Saturday.
Administrators said if a student has a job interview or sporting event to attend, or if they have to work, it will be considered an excused absence.
Teachers and all school employees will be paid overtime, if they worked their regular five day work week.
School officials said Saturday classes are better than adding another day to the end of the year, but some students are still questioning the snow days.
“Personally, I feel like some of the days, we could have gone to school,” said Alex Head, a Fayetteville High senior.
“There was definitely one day that we could have gone to school,” said Matty Snyder, another Fayetteville senior. “It was just a little icy and the main roads were totally fine.”
School administrators said Presidents Day on Feb. 17 is the next make-up day for classes.