The Wake County school system caught a break this week that will give school officials a chance to save spring break for traditional-calendar students.
Since school buses were rolling Tuesday morning when classes were canceled, that day doesn’t need to be made up. That means Wake only has to make up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Wake can extend the end of the school year by three days by changing June 9-11 from teacher workdays to school days. Those three days would,cover this week’s lost time while leaving spring break week of March 23-27 untouched.
Wake has already shown its desire to spare spring break when it announced Monday that it was dropping the use of March 23 as a makeup day.
It’s not ideal to extend the school year. By June 9, students will have completed taking all their exams so attention spans are short and more than a few teachers will be showing movies.
It’s also not ideal for high school students to extend the school year. With all the non-alternative high schools holding graduations by June 9, there would be no reason for seniors to come. It’s unlikely other high school students who’ve completed their final exams will show up either.
Extending the school year also won’t help up make up the lost time for high school students whose Advanced Placement exams are in May.
On the other hand, many Triangle school systems have already opted to extend their school years rather than cut into spring break. Families who’ve already made vacation plans during spring break may not break them if school is scheduled that week.