Warren County students can sleep in Sept. 21 as the School Board voted Thursday night to call off school for homecoming day.
The decision will give students two consecutive Fridays off given their regular day off for the fair Sept. 14. The School Board opted to make homecoming a day off so teachers could have a developmental day to meet and discuss progress with the new Common Core curriculum.
For students it means no classes, leaving their day clear all the way up to the homecoming game Friday night when the Pioneers face Moore County at Nunley Stadium.
“There are a lot of sign-outs that day anyway,” said School Board member Jeff Lee, pointing out many students leave early from school for the parade. He agreed that day would be a good day to use for professional development.
As for the parade and homecoming festivities, Director of Schools Bobby Cox said plans had already been made to hold homecoming events at the school during spirit week prior to the day off Friday. Cox said this year’s homecoming parade will be shifted to a night-time event held downtown on the Thursday before homecoming to encourage more community participation.
The declaration of the day off for students will leave the school system with 10 stockpiled days which are set aside for bad weather. While two years ago all the days were used in what was an unusually snowy winter, last year saw stockpiled days left over.
Should the school system get through March with excess stockpiled days remaining, the School Board agreed to consider converting some of those days to professional development days which would, to students at least, mean additional days off.