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Wake County takes 3 days of spring break to makeup snow days

Posted March 7, 2015

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— Traditional-calender students in Wake County will lose three days of spring break in order to make up eight days lost to wintry weather in recent weeks, the school system announced Saturday.

The decision by school system leaders to take a portion of spring break will mean about 100,000 students in the county will attend school March 23-25, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of spring break. Traditional-calendar students will not attend school on Good Friday and two Saturdays that were discussed during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

“We recognize many parents make plans for spring break,” school board Chair Christine Kushner said in a statement. “But we also appreciate many more children will be right here at home and could take advantage of the only available stretch of quality instructional time left on this year’s calendar. We trust parents will make the best decisions for their families.”

Two days previously scheduled to be early-release days for traditional-calendar students – Friday, March 6 and Friday, April 17 – will now be full days.

“Our students have lost a huge amount of time in the past month, and there just aren’t any good options left for recovering that much instruction,” Superintendent Jim Merrill said in a statement. “It’s a tough situation for everyone – teachers, parents and students – and we are trying to make the best of it.”

The school system on Saturday also announced its final makeup day plans for the 50,000 students who attend schools on non-traditional calendars. Those schools can recover the time using a combination of Saturday classes already scheduled as make up days and by replacing teacher workdays with regular classroom lessons, school system officials said.

Three of the eight missed days were recovered using so-called "banked hours" that students accumulate by attending class beyond North Carolina's required minimum. No makeup day is required for the Feb. 24 school day because buses had already started their runs before classes were canceled.

Full makeup day schedules for all calendars:

Traditional-Calendar:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Monday, March 23 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Tuesday, March 24 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Wednesday, March 25 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

Year-Round, Track 1:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

Year-Round, Track 2:
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day

Year-Round, Track 3:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

Year-Round, Track 4:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

Single Track Year-Round Schools with Track 4 Only
Friday, March 6 - This early release day is extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

Modified-Calendar Schools:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Monday, June 1 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Tuesday, June 2 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule

WECHS and VMCCA:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Thursday, April 2 – Workday becomes normal school day
Thursday, May 28 – Workday becomes normal school day
Friday, May 29 – Workday becomes normal school day

WAKE STEM:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Thursday, April 2 – Workday becomes normal school day
Friday, May 1 – Workday becomes normal school day
Friday, May 22 – Workday becomes normal school day

WYMLA and WYWLA:
Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Friday, March 13 -- Workday becomes normal school day
Thursday, May 28 – Workday becomes normal school day
Friday, May 29 – Workday becomes normal school day

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  • Pam Snyder Mar 9, 2015
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    Doug Bradley do you even have children in Wake County?

  • Pam Snyder Mar 9, 2015
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    I know I commented already on this but.....I'm watching all the debates about the need to make up the snow/ice days. I do think they need to be made up and education is VERY important. I am upset that the keep changing the days. We had a schedule already in place for such days that we were given last year! Did we think we'd need so many make up days, of course not. However, this year we do. Stick to the original schedule and if necessary make changes that make sense. The 2 early release days make sense to change and extend. According to the original schedule the children would miss the first day of spring break so that is day 2. Days 3 and 4 according to the ORIGINAL SCHEDULE FROM LAST YEAR said June 9th and 10th. So why all the changes?? Lots of families made plans for spring break when you released that spring break was saved then another change.How many are we up to? Good Friday, Saturday's, spring break...no let's not do those...let's change everything we said..STICK TO THORIGINA

  • Walter Smirth Mar 8, 2015
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    Using spring break days makes perfect sense. Extending the school year would bring more whining.

  • Sammy Macloud Mar 8, 2015
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    Taking fro spring break is WRONG!!! I said on another story that this is unfair. Spring break plans are made way in advance by families. Make the days up on a saturday, families won't be hurt, have to change plans or keep kids out of school to complete plans previously made.

  • Sherrill Craig Mar 8, 2015
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    Damned if they do..Damned if they don't...WCPSS can't win.

  • Patricia Kiernan Mar 8, 2015
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    In future, they need to look closer at the calendar and the days they choose to set aside for make-up days. I am unclear as to why we have inclement weather days set for Oct, and Nov. next year (Hurricane days?). We are more likely to need winter weather days than hurricane days. They need to have those days set for later in the school year so that they can be utilized better. Or stop with the early release days. Six ER on calendar next year could equal THREE(3) built in weather days if they had made them full days. Are all these teacher work days needed? (Not said to tick off educators, just not sure ALL are needed, 7 during the school year, and then some before and after the student's school year.) Another option would be to add 5 minutes to the school day, either in a.m. or p.m. for everyone, and you have days built in!
    House Bill 164 would at least make it better, by starting the school year a little earlier and building snow days directly into the school year for traditional.

  • Patricia Kiernan Mar 8, 2015
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    It's a very simple matter... Follow the previously approved calendar for the 2014/2015 year which states the inclement weather updates for traditional calendars are Mar 23, June 9, 10, 11. Do this, and no one can really complain, as everyone knew what the make-up days were before the school year even began. For those parents who made travel plans over Spring Break, one lost day is much more acceptable, and easier to catch up on work, than three consecutive days. Those are the approved days, they should stick with it. Period. If they have to go against their own board approved calendar (which is considered a legal binding contract), break the days up, One day of springs break, one Saturday in April (NOT Easter Saturday), and one day at the end of the year. Then, parents discretion as to what day is more important, the spring break day, a Saturday or end of school day to attend/miss, and then no one should be missing three days because of plans.

  • Mary Zulch Mar 7, 2015
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    I personally..Personally..know my kids will not be in school on Good Friday (REALLY?? Good Friday???) Wake County has messed up for years now. Our climate is changing...which means we need more snow days built in. I guess the folks on our school board don't want to face reality? Teachers should never be required to be at school when there is an advisory or a state of emergency. In case the school board misses this...you...YOU are the reason our roads are not cleared. When people are forced to work, they will. Even against our Governor's advise. How smart is that? I think the school district needs to refund all non refundable fees parents have paid. Your waffling caused a lot of financial harm. NO SYMPATHY on this item. My kids will be sick on those days. The Wake County School Board needs to pull their heads out of wherever they are and USE THEM...for a change.

  • Doug Bradley Mar 7, 2015
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    When will the constant whining from parents and their kids stop? You whined and begged to get off for snow days when there was no reason too. A Saturday school solution was offered and the whining got louder and louder.

    Just suck it up, make up the days, and keep your mouths shut please. Nothing will ever satisfy you people.

  • Howard Miles Mar 7, 2015
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    I know of some teachers in the system that had to report to work on all the snow days except the very first one. If they reported on all of these days and are now reporting during their holiday break isn't WCPSS getting extra days from their teachers without paying them? Parents are upset, rightfully so, but have we considered the teachers? What if they've made vacation plans for their Spring Break? What if they have non-refundable tickets and now have to find substitute teachers (which will be hard to come by)?

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