Some school districts in the South are making up for¬† days missed because of this week's snow and ice by requiring students to attend class on Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a decision that does not sit well with some parents and community leaders.
The issue is especially sensitive in King's home state of Georgia, where administrators in two rural districts¬† - Fannin and Gilmer counties - have canceled the school holiday.
"We have eight days that we've missed, and we're just in the 14th day of January," Fannin Superintendent Mark Henson said. "Here in the North Georgia mountains, history proves we have a lot of snow in January and February and sometimes into early March."
Both districts are considering canceling Presidents Day (February 21) and part or all of spring break as well, the administrators said.