Schools assess schedules

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Area schools may have some rescheduling to do to make up for class time lost this week.

Natchez-Adams Schools, Cathedral School, Alcorn State University and Co-Lin Community College will be out for the rest of the week.

Trinity Episcopal students will come back to school today, Adams County Christian School resumed classes Wednesday and Concordia Parish schools only missed Monday.

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Most school calendars build in a little time for emergencies like this one, but working out the details is a job for later, administrators said.

&uot;We are really not sure how it’s going to affect the calendar,&uot; Natchez-Adams Superintendent Anthony Morris said. &uot;Depending on the state level, it may be weighted where we don’t have to make up the time.&uot;

If the time does have to be made up, Morris said the district would look at taking days away from holidays, before adding them on at the end of the year.

Fall break, spring break and Easter holidays are all possibilities.

Co-Lin President Howell Garner said he was faced with similar options, but no decisions had been made.

&uot;Obviously we are missing enough time that there will have to be a plan,&uot; he said. &uot;But we have the entire semester in front of us.&uot;

Cathedral Principal Pat Sanguinetti said he was waiting for the state superintendent’s decision to make plans at Cathedral.

In Concordia Parish, missing one day will not affect the calendar, Superintendent Kerry Laster said.

&uot;We had those built in,&uot; she said. &uot;Unless we get snow and ice, we’ll be fine.&uot;

The break in school time and the impact of the hurricane may have a larger effect on the children though, Morris said.

&uot;Anytime you have any kind of disruption like that it does affect what’s going on with the children,&uot; he said. &uot;Things like that have an affect on some children far more than others. It can be very traumatic.&uot;

Morris has already warned teachers and staff to handle the situation carefully and be aware of emotions.

&uot;It has raised the anxiety level of some children,&uot; he said. &uot;But we are hoping we can get them back on the right track.&uot;