Wake year-round students attend school on Saturday

From staff reportsFebruary 8, 2014 

Thousands of Wake County students spent Saturday morning in school making up one of last month’s snow days.

Wake’s 48 year-round schools opened for the first of four Saturdays of classes. Attendance is historically lower on makeup days, although school officials said systemwide figures were not immediately available.

Students at Wake’s traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools, early colleges and single-sex leadership academies will make up their snow days on weekdays, in some cases cutting into spring break and extending the school year.

Although other students have a full day, year-round students have only a 3.5-hour makeup day. School officials say the day is shorter because it’s a six-day week. They’re also trying to save money on what they pay support staff such as bus drivers and teacher assistants.

School officials say that the 38 multitrack year-round schools hold makeup days on Saturdays because they don’t have the space or time on weekdays. In the multitrack calendar, students are in class every week except winter break and the first week of July.

School officials say that the 10 single-track schools also hold their makeup days on Saturdays to promote consistency among the year-round schools.

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