Extended school day, to make up for Irma disruption, to end for DeKalb Schools students

8:32 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 Education
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Residents watch over a huge fallen tree in September that caused the loss of the power in the neighborhood on Old Norcross Road in Tucker following Tropical Storm Irma. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The DeKalb County School District will return to its normal class schedule Friday, two months after the district extended the school day after the storm known as Irma closed school nearly a week in September.

Schools were closed Sept. 11 and reopened on Sept. 15 after Irma brought powerful winds and heavy rain into the metro Atlanta region, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 1 million residences without power across the state.

District officials originally said classes would be extended through the Dec. 20 winter break period, but backtracked and decided to seek input from parents, teachers, principals and others.

In the end, the district extended the school day in October and November, and students attended classes on Election Day on Nov. 7, which typically is a day off.

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School days will be extended through the month of October to make up the time.