Can the Wake County school system learn from their neighbors in Johnston County, which dropped plans to cut into spring break to make up for this week’s snow days?
Like Wake, Johnston County experienced its first four snow days of the school year this week. The problem was the only remaining preplanned weather makeup days in the Johnston County traditional calendar were April 9 and 10 – the last two days of spring break.
But in a new plan announced today, Johnston is dropping the use of the April 9 and 10 teacher workdays.
Instead, Johnston is forgiving Tuesday because it has more than the state’s minimum annual requirement of 1,025 hours of instruction. This will mean that June 15 is added to the end of the school year to become an optional teacher workday.
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Johnston is dealing with Wednesday’s snow day by changing the March 11 and April 29 early release days to full days.
Johnston is dealing with Thursday by changing June 10 from an early release day to a full day. The district is also changing June 11 from a teacher workday to a school day.
For Friday, Johnston is changing March 27 from a teacher workday to a school day.
This comes as Wake County is dealing with complaints that Tuesday’s snow day will be made up by taking away March 23 – the first day of spring break for traditional-calendar schools.
Wake school administrators will meet Monday to develop options for dealing with the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday snow days on the various calendars. A decision is expected next week.
Some parents will hope Wake reverses the March 23 decision.