Some Triangle school districts, including Wake County, will be able to take advantage of a provision in state policy that allows them not to have to make up the time lost from closing schools Tuesday.
The relevant passage is on page 41 of the state’s School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual, http://bit.ly/1b2N3Zs:
“If school is closed early due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education shall allow the day and the scheduled amount of instructional hours to count toward the required minimum number of days and instructional hours. If school buses are en route to schools when school is canceled for the day, then the day and instructional hours scheduled for that day will count toward the required minimum.”
The wording dates back to when the state required school systems to have both 180 days and 1,000 hours of instruction each year. Now the state requires 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. While most districts in the state follow the time requirements only, that wording in state policy was not changed to reflect that situation.
Wake’s buses were rolling when the district announced at 7:23 a.m. that schools would be closed for the day.
Other area districts are seeing if they can also not make up the day. Durham school officials are seeing whether they qualify because some buses were rolling when they called the day off. Unfortunately for Johnston County families, school officials there say no buses were rolling when the day was called so another makeup day is needed.