Wake County is running out of options to avoid cutting into spring break to deal with Tuesday’s snow day and other possible school cancellations this week and the rest of the school year.
In announcing Monday its plan to preserve a full spring break, Wake used up the hours it has above the state’s required amount of 1,025 hours to forgive three of last week’s four snow days. To get the last day, Wake also converted the two remaining early release days for traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools to full days.
For traditional-calendar schools, Wake is now left with just four unfavorable teacher workdays that can be used as makeup days. One is on March 23, which is the first day of spring break. The other three are June 9-11, which would mean extending the end of the school year at a time when state testing has finshed and high school graduations are taking place.
Two other options wouldn’t be popular.
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For instance, Wake could decide that it’s better to hold school during spring break than to extend the school year. Or Wake could decide to extend the school day by some minutes to pick up the time, something that could impact family plans.
Similar dilemmas exist with the modified-calendar schools and early colleges.
That’s why Wake said yesterday that spring break is “vulnerable if further cancellations are required.”
As for year-round schools, there is one early release day left on March 27 that could still be changed to a full day to make up some time. But that might not be enough to avoid the scheduling of time on a Saturday.