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Wake County students, you won’t be happy with these makeup days

Third-grade teacher Kristi Gutshall leads class at Holly Grove Elementary School in Holly Springs on Nov.16, 2017.
Third-grade teacher Kristi Gutshall leads class at Holly Grove Elementary School in Holly Springs on Nov.16, 2017. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Play now, pay later.

Three snow days for Wake County this week will affect spring break and the start of summer vacation for most students. That’s on top of two makeup days already scheduled from previous snow days this month.

Wake schools were closed Wednesday and Thursday and will be closed Friday because of snow that blanketed the Triangle.

Students will have to make up a total of four days – Friday won’t require a makeup day because Wake has extra instructional time banked.

Here’s when students will make up the missed classes:

▪ Students who attend schools on a traditional calendar will make up the days Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 29 and June 11.

Monday, Jan. 22, and Monday, Feb. 19, were supposed to be teacher workdays. Thursday, March 29, was also a scheduled teacher workday and the start of spring break for students. Monday, June 11, would have marked the first full week of summer vacation for students.

▪ Students who attend year-round schools on track one, two or three are scheduled to go to class Jan. 20, April, 7, and April 14. All of those are Saturdays. A fourth makeup day has not yet been decided, said schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten.

▪ Students who attend year-round schools on track four will not have to make up the days.

▪ Students who attend modified-calendar schools will go to class Monday, Feb. 19, and Monday, March 12, but will not have to make up the other two days.

▪ Students who attend the leadership academies will go to class Monday, Feb. 19, and Monday, April 2, but will not have to make up the other two days.

▪ Students who attend Wake STEM Early College will go to class Monday, Feb. 19, Monday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 3, but will not have to make up a fourth day.

▪ Students who attend Vernon Malone, Wake Early College of Health Sciences and North Wake College and Career Academy will go to class Friday, March 9, Thursday, March 29 and Friday, April 13, but will not have to make up a fourth day.

Since school is canceled Friday, Wake now has two “banked” days that wouldn’t require makeup days. Under the state calendar law, students must be in school for at least 185 days or 1,025 instructional hours. Wake schools often meet for more than the 1,025 hours a year.

So Friday is a freebie, but any more than two additional snow days would cut further into spring break or the start of summer vacation.

Some students celebrated the snow days, of course.

“Alright @WCPSS, no pancakes here. Just almond, peach crepes.. Who can beat that?” wrote the Trojan Chefs, who are students and staff from the foods classes at Garner Magnet High School.

But high schoolers were frustrated that their final exams would be postponed – or that they’d have to make up days they didn’t attend anyway because they didn’t have to take some exams. (The exam period will be extended by the number of days missed.)

Warmer temperatures provide an assist with some melting as Durham digs out after a winter storm dumped as much as 10 inches in parts of the county.

Pressley Baird: 919-829-8935, @pressleybaird

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