Makeup day options for schools rile up parents, veterans

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Most Central Texas school districts have already had to schedule two makeup days because of ice storms, and some parents are not happy with the choices.

Several districts have selected Memorial Day, May 26, as one date.

The Leander school board got an earful Thursday from veterans, the sons and parents of veterans, and others who believe it is inappropriate to schedule classes on that day.

“Memorial Day is a day to unite us, thank those who have given their lives,” said retired Marine Maj. James Crabtree, a veteran of the Iraq war. “It should not be used for mattress sales and another day in school.”

“We respect what Memorial Day means, but we don’t have many choices,” said Leander Superintendent Dr. Bret Champion.

New Round Rock Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores says his district doesn’t have many options either. “This has been an unusual winter and that has consequences. It’s a great opportunity to honor our fallen heroes and vets and make it a day of learning.”

The state can permit waivers to districts after the first two make-up days, but two make-ups are mandatory. Districts trying to weigh other options realize a third or fourth make-up event only complicates matters.

Make-up days are often selected a year or two in advance and not everyone anticipates multiple ice storms or pays attention to the days that may be selected, until it’s necessary.

These are days chosen by local districts barring any changes:

Round Rock February 17 and May 26. Austin ISD February 17 and June 6th. Georgetown February 17 and May 26. Leander April 28 and May 26. Dripping Springs April 18 and May 26.

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