NCDOT crews scrape snowy roads in Wake County; Saturday classes postponed

bsiceloff@newsobserver.comJanuary 31, 2014 

  • Wake County’s makeup days

    This week’s four snow days mean Wake County students will have to attend class on Saturdays, during spring break and at the end of the school year.

    School officials announced that traditional-calendar students will make up Friday on June 11 – extending the end of the school year by a day. Wake is deviating from the adopted schedule which would have had students make up the day on March 31 – a Monday that’s the second day of spring break.

    Traditional-calendar students will make up the other snow days on Feb. 17, which is Presidents Day; March 28, the first day of spring break; and April 21, which is Easter Monday.

    Year-round students will have classes on four Saturdays – Feb. 8, Feb. 15, April 26 and May 3. In addition to dropping the Feb. 1 makeup day, Wake scratched the previously announced May 31 makeup day in favor of Feb. 15.

    Modified-calendar students will attend school on Feb. 17, March 10, March 11 and April 21.

    Early college and single-sex leadership academy students will make up the days on Feb. 17, April 21, May 29 and May 30.

    The makeup days are drawing complaints from some parents.

    School officials have long blamed the state’s calendar law for limiting their flexibility for scheduling makeup days. The law prevents traditional-calendar schools from starting earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and ending later than the Friday closest to June 11.

    School officials say Saturdays are the only days they can use for makeup days for the multi-track year-round schools. In those schools, classes are in session for all but two weeks of the year: Christmas break and the first week of July.

    Staff writer T. Keung Hui

— Highway maintenance crews from three nearby counties rolled into Wake County on Friday to help clean up the remnants of this week’s snow storm.

They wanted to make sure parents and school buses would not have to worry about lingering hazards Saturday when the county’s year-round schools open for a makeup day, after four days off.

It wasn’t enough.

Citing “continuing hazardous driving conditions,” school officials canceled the Saturday makeup day for year-round students, and rescheduled it next Saturday, Feb. 8.

Fifteen Department of Transportation maintenance trucks and drivers from Durham, Vance and Person counties helped local DOT crews scrape and salt secondary roads in rural Wake County. Neighboring counties had finished cleaning up most of their snow, but Wake still had many miles of icy roads.

Raleigh police said Friday morning they briefly closed some streets where packed ice from Tuesday night’s snowstorm was still causing trouble, but all streets were open Friday afternoon.

Police reported particular problems with a section of South East Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, south of downtown, and Everett Avenue, a few blocks north of N.C. State University. There were no reports of injuries in accidents where cars slid off icy streets.

Warmer, sunny weather helped speed the snow cleanup Friday, which saw Triangle temperatures climbing to 49 degrees after a week of sub-freezing temperatures. The melting will continue through the weekend, when temperatures reach the mmid-50s on Saturday and the mid-60s on Sunday.

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