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mharrison@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 17, 2014 

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— Even this week’s unseasonable spring-like temperatures might not make anyone forget last week’s winter storm.

Not only did the area’s most severe storm in a decade wreck havoc with events ranging from a Valentine-themed dance to high school basketball games, its legacy will be how it effects the rest of the school year.

For the second time this winter, schools in the Lancaster and Fort Mill school districts will make up for time lost when schools were closed because of the weather. Schools were closed for three days after about 8 inches of snow fell during the storm.

South Carolina law requires districts to schedule at least three makeup days in their yearly calendars in case inclement weather prevents schools from opening, but some districts, like Fort Mill, have built in more. Fort Mill had planned to be in school Feb. 14 to make up for a day lost to ice in January, but had to cancel classes again.

On the Fort Mill Times Facebook page, Fort Mill School Board Chairman Patrick White said that the district has three weather-related makeup days remaining – one in March, May and June – and that the authority to determine which days are used resides with Superintendent Chuck Epps.

Earlier in the week, Epps announced Presidents Day would not be used as a makeup day. Many districts, including Fort Mill, are waiting to see what the Legislature will do. Last week, the S.C. House unanimously passed a bill that would give school districts the option to forgive as many as five missed school days because of weather.

In addition to schools, Tega Cay and Fort Mill governments shut down early last Tuesday and stayed closed through Friday. That effected services at town and city hall and recreation league programs. Many businesses closed as well.

Rachel Southmayd of The Herald contributed.

Michael Harrison •  803-547-2353

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