Triangle schools consider make-up days after wintry weather

Posted March 2, 2015

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— After two weeks of winter weather and several canceled school days, many Triangle parents and students are wondering when they will have to make up the lost school time.

Since buses were already on the road last Tuesday when Wake County public schools’ officials canceled school, that day does not have to be made up. But school officials still have to determine what to do about the other three canceled days last week.

Wake students almost missed four days the week before. Those are being made up by extending two early-release days.

Wake County public schools' website says officials were able to preserve spring break for traditional calendar students, but that could change after additional missed days last week. There was no word on when the Wake school district will make a decision about that make-up time.

Durham Public Schools’ Board of Education plans to meet Monday afternoon to talk about making up days from the first week of snow. They are considering adding two days to the end of the school year for traditional school students.

State law requires that public schools must end by the Friday closest to June 11 and that students receive 1,025 instructional hours. Wake County school officials say they were already above that number, which is why they only have to make up one of the four days missed between Feb 17-20.


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  • Mark Neill Mar 2, 2015
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    When, oh when, will WCPSS start scheduling 182-day school year calendars, with optional early dismissals for the entire last week of school?

    It's not like they wouldn't use the days if they had them, and then this whole cadence of shuffling hours and jiggling half days and losing parts of spring break would really only be an issue if we were snowed in for several weeks.

  • Mark Neill Mar 2, 2015
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    Though with the children of parents like that, I'm sure most of them wish they did get to pick and choose :)

  • Roy Hinkley Mar 2, 2015
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    Nope, sorry, try again.

    The teachers don't get to decide when a snow day is declared (that's Administration's purview).

    With the state minimum hours requirement, so there's really no way to get out of teaching your kids.

  • Angie Cox Mar 2, 2015
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    I am so tired of parents and especially children complaining of WCPSS. First, when my kids were in school - we sometimes got notified around 5 a.m. if school was occurring that day or not. and you all complain if you don't know by 6:00 p.m. the PREVIOUS day. WOW! also, when you miss four days, extending two early release is NOT equivalent. do the math. also, I thought you had to be there for 1/2 day to be considered a whole day. the buses left so you don't have to make it up. that is a messed up school system. make them go Saturdays or build in days for crying out loud. lastly, take away their spring break who cares. parents are at risk if they book vacations knowing this system doesn't have built in snow days.