Wake Ed

February 14, 2014

Wake school board to decide on this week's snow makeup days

Wake County school administrators say they will ask the school board on Tuesday for guidance on how to make up the three days lost from this week's snow storm.

It won’t be until next week that Wake County school leaders announce how they’ll make up the time lost from this week’s three snow days.

School administrators have added an item to Tuesday’s school board work session agenda to get additional guidance on establishing the makeup days for this week. The options haven’t been mentioned yet, but they could include some combination of extending the end of the school year for traditional-calendar schools, adding time to the school day, cutting into spring break, converting early-release days to full days and Saturday classes for year-round students.

Wake is faced with making up time from seven days lost because of the inclement weather this week and last month.

Wake school leaders have some flexibility because under the state’s calendar law they’re only meeting the requirement for 1,025 hours and not for 185 days. Wake can have fewer days if it still has enough hours.

The four previously announced makeup days are:

• Traditional-calendar students have classes on Feb. 17, March 28, April 21 and June 11.
• Year-round students, who had their first makeup day on Feb. 8, also have classes on Feb. 15, April 26 and May 3.
• 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.

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