Schools will have to make up for 4 days of fun
Posted January 31
Fayetteville, N.C. — At the Ramsey Street YMCA in Fayetteville Friday, kids were literally climbing the walls. That way of burning off excess energy was a welcome respite for some parents who were dealing with children on an unexpected mid-winter vacation.
Cumberland County's 52,000 public school students have had four days off, the result of a snowstorm that dumped about 3 inches of snow on the area and the freezing temperatures that followed.
Y instructor Sharon Smith brought her son and grandson along to work with her Friday.
"They might as well come to the YMCA and work out," she said. "We have lots of fun here, do lots of exercise, have a great time."
Not all parents were lucky enough to be able to take their children to a place like the "Y." Real estate agent Marva Moore had to schedule appointments around caring for and entertaining her son, Tyler.
"It's tough," Moore said. "Luckily, my other two went to school today. They go to private school."
School systems around the area were working on plans Friday to make up the missed time. In Cumberland County, the fact that students attend an extended-day schedule means they have hours in the bank.
"I think we will probably lose some teacher work days," said school board member Michael Boose. "But I don't think that ultimately we're going to have to make up but a day or two."
In Wake County, make-up days were supposed to begin Saturday for year-round students, but the school district canceled the session because road conditions remained hazardous.