Thousands of Triangle students will now have classes on days such as Presidents Day and Saturdays to make up for this week’s two snow days.
Wake County, Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro are among the school systems that have announced the snow makeup days that will be used because of classes being canceled Thursday and Friday. Presidents Day on Feb. 19 is one of the days typically being turned now into a regular day of classes.
At least one parent said it would send an important message that there are consequences to snow days.
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“Wait til I tell my son today’s ‘snow’ day means he has to go to school Monday Jan 22 (teacher workday),” tweeted Julia Sims, a Raleigh parent and former TV reporter. “Like one of my old biz professors used to say “TINSTAAFL” There is no such thing as a free lunch. (That’s the only thing I remember from my Econ 1 class).”
As exception is Orange County, where students won’t make up either snow day. Orange County is counting the lost time against the extra hours it has built in above the state required minimum of 1,025 hours of annual instruction.
Other school districts are holding on to their extra hours in case they need to use them to deal with more snow later this school year.
The makeup days in Wake County are Jan. 22 and Feb. 19 for traditional-calendar schools, Jan. 20 and April 7 for students on tracks 1, 2 and 3 at year-round schools and Feb. 19 and March 12 for the modified-calendar schools.
Wake’s two single-gender leadership academies will now have classes Feb. 19 and April 2. Wake STEM Early College will make it up on Feb. 19 and April 3.
Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Wake Early College of Health Sciences and the North Wake College and Career Academy will have classes March 9 and March 29.
Both Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro have scheduled makeup days on Jan. 16 and Feb. 19.
The Johnston County school system hasn’t announced yet when classes will be made up. The makeup days in the schedule for traditional-calendar schools would cut into spring break, but the district has a history of changing what days are used.