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27? - School board members were shocked to see that all the COVID days, plus weather events added up to 27 weeks of missed classroom learning. One board member even asked if that was really 27 weeks, not days. And the answer was yes, definitely weeks.

Milestone scores are down, but better than expected: 27 weeks missed due to COVID put schools in uncharted territory

            The school board held a rare Monday afternoon called meeting to hear a report on low student Milestone test scores here, and the cause and efforts underway to remedy that.

            Board members also looked at some measures to offer additional compensation for bus drivers and other lower paid, non-certified, employees.

            Much like a student bringing home a bad report card, the school district began the presentation by noting the COVID year had produced atypical challenges.   

            Director of  Community Engagement & Public Relations Destini Shope presented a timeline showing where Pickens students  missed 27 weeks of school –some coming at crucial times due primarily to COVID closures, but also due to turbulent weather.

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