Garner Cleveland Record

February 18, 2014

Snow days disrupting Triangle school makeup plans

The continued closure of school in the Triangle knocked out Friday’s makeup day for some students and is putting into jeopardy plans for makeup days on Saturday and Monday.

This week’s snowstorm is disrupting scheduled makeup days for Triangle schools at the same time it’s forcing districts to look for ways to replace the additional lost time.

School will remain closed Friday throughout the Triangle. The latest cancellation knocks out plans for a makeup day Friday for Chatham County schools and Durham’s year-round students while raising concerns about whether Saturday can still be a makeup day for Wake’s year-round students.

And if roads remain treacherous through the weekend, students could get Presidents Day off after all. Usually a holiday, Monday is now a scheduled makeup day for students in several Triangle school systems.

Triangle school systems were forced to cancel between two and four days of classes because of last month’s snowstorm. Those same school systems are now looking at making up two days and, in the case of Wake County, three days from this week.

Under state law, school districts are required to have either 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction per year. Most districts opted for the 1,025 hours, allowing them to make up the time by doing things such as converting early release days into full days of classes.

Some school districts announced their makeup days for this week.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro students will now have classes on Good Friday and Memorial Day.

And in Johnston County, the school year will be extended a day for traditional-calendar and year-round schools. The traditional-calendar students will also lose Easter Monday, and year-round students will lose March 18.

But no word has come from Wake County, the state’s largest school system and the one with the most time to make up. Wake lost four days to last month’s storm and an additional three days this week.

One person tweeted to Wake that “poor year round folks will never have another weekend” if more Saturday makeup days are added. She asked that the school days be lengthened instead.

“We can do either/or (days or hours) and will pick whichever one works best for our parents,” Wake’s communications staff replied on the district’s Twitter account. “Right now, we’re opting for hours.” Staff writer Jonathan M. Alexander contributed to this report.

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