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Some districts make-up school on Good Friday
VIDOR - by Lauren Huet
Some students had to get up out of bed and head to school, even though Good Friday is supposed to be a holiday. A few school districts, including Vidor ISD, chose to use today as a make-up day for ice days in February.
The Vidor ISD superintendent says they made sure today's make-up day was a half day, because it's Good Friday. Cars lined up outside of Vidor ISD High School at noon Friday. Parents picking up students on a day intended to be a holiday.
"I mean I know they need to make-up the day one day or the other, but I really wish it hadn't have been on Good Friday," said Dianna Davis, waiting in the car line to pick up her daughter.
"I think it stinks," said Susan McCullar, waiting in line to pick up her granddaughter. "I mean we're off, we could have went out of town or something and done something special with our kids. But guess what? We can't because we're having to sit here to pick them up at school."
"I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, I think they need to make up the shcool they missed from the ice days," said Linda Chamberlain, waiting in line to pick up her daughter. "They're not missing anything. They can go do whatever they need to after they get out today, it's a half a day."
Half a day students wish was spent somewhere else.
"I didn't want to get up this morning. Ugh," said seventh grader, Faith Greathouse.
"As a Christian it kind of sucks," said Lauren Chamberlain, Linda's daughter, "because you know, it kind of does bother me."
Vidor ISD Superintendent Jay Killgo says they aren't happy that they have to have a make-up day on Good Friday, but it was the best option. The TEA would not give Vidor ISD an attendance waiver on the school days missed, and the only other options would have been having students come in on a Saturday or extending the school year.
"So, I'd rather come today than come on a Saturday or extend my senior year," said Lauren Chamberlain.
"She's counting them down, she's got 26 days of school left now, so she's counting them down," laughed her mother, Linda Chamberlain.
Dianna Davis still wishes Good Friday had been left as a holiday.
"I think that they should have either added on to the end of the school year, or I know they're going to go back or have an extra day on Memorial Day," said Davis. "I know that's one of the days, but we're here, we've done it, we're almost through and we're ready to start the weekend."
"We're going to have family time," said McCullar. "We're just going to make it family time for the whole weekend."
Easter weekend with family, one that began with part of Good Friday at school. Superintendent Killgo says attendance today was at 91 percent, which was lower than he had hoped, but not unexpected on a holiday. Vidor ISD usually has a 96 percent attendance rate. Vidor and other districts are also using Memorial Day as a make-up day.