Thursday’s snow day for Wake County students will add yet more time that the school system will have to decide how to make up.
School leaders are sticking by the makeup days announced for Tuesday, but haven’t yet said what they’ll do to make up Wednesday and Thursday. They‘ve said they want to wait until school reopens before announcing how the lost time after Tuesday will be replaced.
But if district leaders follow the recommendations made last year by the committees that develop the calendars, they’ll tackle Wednesday and Thursday by looking first at canceling some early release days. There are two more early release days left for traditional-calendar schools so eliminating them could be enough to make up for one snow day.
Some parents have urged Wake to go straight to eliminating the early releases to avoid using March 23 – the first day of spring break for traditional-calendar schools – to replace Tuesday.
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The next recommended option would be to use some of the “banked’ school time that schools have to keep them over the state’s minimum of 1,025 hours of instruction annually. Schools have about three days worth of extra hours that could be used to forgive missing time.
Only after the above two approaches did the calendar committees recommend extending the end of the school year.
Coming at the bottom for traditional-calendar makeup days is taking away holidays and vacation days such as spring break. The March 23 from spring break that would be used to make up for Tuesday is a teacher workday on the calendar, not a vacation day or holiday. March 24-27 are listed as vacation days.
The announced makeup days for Tuesday are:
• Traditional calendar – March 23
• Modified-calendar – March 9
• Year-round tracks 1, 3 and 4 – Feb. 21
• Vernon Malone College & Career Academy, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake N.C. State STEM Early College – March 16