Students Spend Saturday Behind A Desk In Fayetteville Schools

While most kids spend their Saturdays playing or relaxing, students in the Fayetteville School District spent the first day of their weekend in school.

Students were in school today due to the days missed because of snow.

Fayetteville Schools spokesman Alan Wilbourn said the state requires having students in school for 178 days a year.

He said the students missed thirteen days because of the harsh winter. Wilbourn said two of those days were waived by the state, and the other eleven had to be made up by taking away parent teacher conferences and holidays.

While some children may not have liked spending their Saturday doing school work, some parents said they didn’t mind.

“It was great versus most Saturdays,” Sean Thacker said, “I got an earlier start, dropped them off this morning and went straight to the gym, got some yard work done, and so all my chores are done by two o clock.”

Other parents said taking the kids to and from school today threw off their Saturday schedule.

Sarah Lanning was picking up her five-year-old son from school and said he is going to have to tag along for her Saturday errands.

“Now we have some errands to run because I realize that I have to do them today, the stores aren’t open on Sundays so it does kind of cut the weekend short,” Lanning said.

Student Ethan Baxter said he wasn’t thinking about making up the days when he was playing in the snow this winter.

“Those days were a lot of fun to go sledding and just enjoy not going to school, but I don’t know if Saturday schools worth it,” Baxter said.

School officials said Saturday school is treated just like any other school day, and only those in clubs, sports or high school students working a weekend job are excused.

Lanning said while bringing the kids to and from school may be  a hassle to some, she feels bad for the teachers.

“I feel like they are the ones who are most affected,” Lanning said, “They work hard to plan fun days and fun activities for the kids, and they need time with their family too.  They need time at home to get things don,  so for them to have a six day week then to turn around and come back on Monday…I know that’s hard on them.”

Students already had one Saturday school in January and will have one more snow make up day on Memorial Day.

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