The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will be looking for public feedback on whether to continue to designate Memorial Day as a last-resort inclement weather day, or to keep it a designated school holiday.
School Board Chairwoman Jamezetta Bedford said a few parents have complained to the board that Memorial Day should not be used as a make-up day for missed classes.
Board members could not agree on a solution at the school board meeting two weeks ago. Some opposed changing it, while others wanted to keep it as a holiday untouched.
Last year, inclement-weather days caused the district to cancel six days of school. The district delayed or dismissed school early six times, which accounted for 18 hours of instructional time, said Todd LoFrese, assistant superintendent for support services.
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All of the inclement weather days were used, including Memorial Day.
On that day, 2,500 of the 12,400 students in the district were absent. On a typical Monday, on average 600 students are absent from school.
Options include using winter or spring break days as inclement weather days, adding a day to the school year, adding minutes to the end of school, using a teacher work day, or turning scheduled delayed opening days into full school days.
Schools must have a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction and have at least 10 teacher workdays in a calendar year.
An original proposal included having school on a Saturday, but the board rejected that option.
The board will discuss the issue at a later date.