Thousands Skip School On Texas District’s Make-Up Day

HOUSTON (April 19, 2014) Thousands of Houston ISD students and teachers stayed home on Good Friday instead of reporting to class to make up for a school day canceled by bad weather, the district says.

Teachers who did show up reported that they had as few as a single student in their classrooms.

Officials didn’t anticipate the widespread absences, district spokeswoman Sheleah Reed said.

A winter storm in January forced the largest school district in Texas to cancel classes.

Good Friday was designated a make-up day.

Schools receive about $35 a student for daily attendance.

That means so many absences could normally cost districts millions of dollars in state funding but Good Friday is one of the few days that schools can preserve funding for students who cite religious reasons for missing class.