Austin area students get day off, but they will have to make it up

9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 Local
Bad weather shut down area school districts but students will have to make it up. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin area students collectively rejoiced when districts announced Monday that there would be no school today because of bad weather. But many will have to make it up this spring.

Most Central Texas districts build into their calendars two inclement weather days and officials will decide in coming days which they’ll choose as their first make up day.

For some districts, this is the second bad weather day of the school year, and districts could need to use both. If no inclement weather days occur in a school year, the students get those built in days off.

But it’s possible that other districts, or schools within those districts, won’t need to make up the days at all. Some have added enough additional minutes into their instructional days that they have the option to leverage that time and avoid a make up day at all.

Austin school district students may be among those who do not need to use any bad weather make up days. According to the district, “a majority of Austin schools have enough minutes built into their schedule that a make up day will not have to be utilized,” said Reyne Telles, district spokesman.

“However, the district will review calendars to determine which schools, if any, need to modify campus schedules,” he said. “We will provide additional information once school is back in session.”

Some districts, like Georgetown, have added enough additional instructional minutes in its calendar to cover one bad weather make up day, but not two.

But in case they do need them, here are the bad weather make up days area districts have adopted into their calendars:

Austin: Feb. 19, March 30

Bastrop: Feb. 19, June 1

Del Valle: Feb. 19, March 30

Dripping Springs: May 25, June 8

Georgetown: April 16

Hays: Feb. 19, June 8

Lake Travis: March 30

Leander: April 23, May 25

Lockhart: Feb. 20, May 29

Manor: April 2

Pflugerville: Feb. 19, June 7

Round Rock: May 29, May 30

San Marcos: April 27