Wake Ed

Wake County schools now closed Tuesday

The Wake County school system finally decided Tuesday morning to close schools, changing from the earlier call for a two-hour delay.

Wake tweeted out the news at 7:07 a.m., prompting 1,910 retweets in 13 minutes as students and parents waited for the news. We’ll probably find out by today’s school board meeting how the time will be made up.

Wake still has the option of extending the end of the school year by one more day to June 12 for traditional-calendar students rather than cut more into spring break. No such luck likely for students at the modified-calendar schools and early colleges.

Year-round students should expect another Saturday of classes.

Wake doesn’t have the same luxury it had after February’s snow days to use banked school time to make up the shortage.

Wake had been waiting as long as it could to make the call, saying Monday night that conditions would be evaluted in the morning. Students and parents tweeted Monday that schools should close for safety reasons while Wake tweeted people should think about their spring break.