Wake Ed

Wake County facing backlash over spring break makeup days

The Wake County school board meets Monday for the first time since the district’s controversial announcement over the weekend that three days of spring break will be used as snow makeup days instead of Good Friday and two Saturdays.

Makeup days are not on the agenda for Monday afternoon’s meeting of the board’s student achievement committee. But even if the issue of makeup days isn’t discussed at the meeting, board members and administrators will likely face questions from parents and reporters who are present.

There’s been a social media backlash against the decision to cut into spring break for Wake’s 100,000 traditional-calendar students. Parents, student and teachers have questioned why Wake isn’t using the workdays on June 9-11 or the Good Friday/Saturdays option.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, 5,080 signatures had been collected on an online petition asking Wake to bring back spring break. The original goal had been 5,000 signatures but the new target is 7,500 based on the response since the petition was created over the weekend.