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Monday’s snow day changes Wake County’s school make-up day plans

The canceling of school on Monday is altering the Wake County school system’s plans for making up this winter’s snow days.

Wake had planned to use Presidents Day as a make-up day for students at traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools and the two single-gender leadership academies. It would have replaced a January snow day. But now students will wind up having Monday off after all.

The closing of school on Monday also means the majority of Wake’s students won’t have to make up the next three snow days.

North Carolina school systems are required to either have 185 days of school or 1,025 hours of instruction each year. Most school districts follow the time requirement.

Every school system has more than 1,025 hours built into their schedules. This extra time gives districts a cushion they can use to “forgive” some snow days. Some districts turn to the banked time first while others such as Wake convert teacher workdays into school days before forgiving snow days.

But it’s now reached the point where the next three snow days after Monday would be replaced with banked time at the traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools and the leadership academies. But if Wake were to have more than three snow days, those students would have to make up the time using unpopular options such as classes on Saturday or during spring break.

The Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake STEM Early College and Vernon Malone College and Career Academy still have one more snow day to go after Monday before they’d tap into their banked time.

It’s not as clear when Wake would tap into banked time to reduce the number of Saturday make-up days for the year-round schools.

Since Monday was intended from the beginning not to be a school day for traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools and the leadership academies, they have one less day to make up than the other calendars.

Here is the revised make-up day list that will be used by Wake’s different calendars:

▪ Traditional-calendar students will have classes March 24 and April 25;

▪ Year-round schools will have classes Feb. 20 and April 2 for tracks 1 and 3. Classes will be held April 2 for track 2 and Feb. 20 for track 4;

▪ Modified-calendar students will have classes March 7-8;

▪ Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy will hold classes Feb. 16 and March 11.

▪ Wake Early College of Health and Sciences and Vernon Malone College and Career Academy will hold classes March 3, March 18 and April 11.

▪ Wake STEM Early College will hold classes May 6, May 23-24.

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