Reported By Jill Eichorn - email
FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Students in the Fairfield School District spent their day in school.
The school board voted to use several holidays, including Memorial Day, to make up some of the nine calamity days the district used this year.
A lesson on Memorial Day was not originally in the plans for Fairfield teachers, but today they taught about the holiday, on the actual holiday.
The school board's controversial decision to use the holiday as a make up day left a lot of empty seats.
"Attendance is down today, we're not surprised by that. We knew it would be down. We run about 95% on a normal day. It's probably in the high 50s today," said district spokesman Randy Oppenheimer
Fairfield Schools already used President's Day and Good Friday to make up calamity days. They're also extending the school calendar but with graduation already set, administrators say they were left with few good options.
So the district decided to make Memorial Day an educational day for the students, and brought in "the experts," talking to the students about the true meaning of holiday.
"I want to talk to them about, hey, you guys live in the best country ever. The benefits you have here are incredible and you need to take full advantage of that," said Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Kyle.
Opening the school on the holiday wasn't an easy or cheap decision since the district will also have to pay overtime for hourly workers.