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March 25, 2014

Wake County changes makeup day plans for year-round schools

Wake County is turning Friday from a half day into a full day of classes and canceling the makeup day scheduled for Saturday. Wake is taking advantage of the changes in state law that allow it to not make up snow days as long as students still have a minimum of 1,025 hours of instruction this school year.

The Wake County school system announced today revised plans for the makeup days for year-round students.

The makeup day scheduled for this Saturday, March 29, for students on tracks 1 and 4 has been canceled. Instead, the early-release day for year-round schools that was scheduled for this Friday, March 28, will now be a full day of instruction.

The change to a full day on Friday affects tracks 2, 3 and 4 since they’re in this week.

Wake is citing having to wait until confirmation that school would be held today for the late announcement.

Wake is taking advantage of the changes in state law that allow it to not make up snow days as long as students still have a minimum of 1,025 hours of instruction this school year.

Wake can get away with the swap because early release days end classes 2.5 hours early. The Saturday makeup days only last 3.5 hours.

The change drew mixed reactions. Some families tweeted their thanks about the cancellation of the makeup day.

But Brian Hart complained about the cancellation because he said he had spent $1,000 to change his vacation plans so that his son could go to school on Saturday at Salem Elementary School in Apex. His son is on track 1, which is off this week.

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