Some Wake County parents and students have been working off an outdated list of school makeup days for traditional-calendar schools, helping to fuel questions about why the first day of spring break is being used to replace Tuesday's snow day.
The original 2014-15 schedule for traditional-calendar schools was adopted by the school board on May 21, 2013. That's the schedule that had makeup days ranked in order with June 9, 10 and 11 coming ahead of March 23 - the first day of spring break.
But on May 20, 2014, the board revised the 2014-15 calendar to the one now in use. In that calendar, the teacher workdays used as makeup days are now listed in chronological order.
The calendars were revised as part of the district's new calendar weather make-up statement, which says "in accordance with the NC Calendar Law, if the school district must close schools, this calendar may be updated to provide additional days/time during scheduled teacher workdays, by using early release days as full days, by using banked instructional hours, or by using scheduled vacation days."
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The weather statement was added to avoid a repeat of the confusion that was generated in 2014 when Wake announced and then revised makeup days after nine days were lost because of snow.
Some district websites apparently had not updated the calendar so when the March 23 makeup day was announced, people pointed to the old calendar and asked why the district wasn't following the order of using June 9 first.