Wake school board wants to make snow days easier to plan, predict

Posted April 21, 2015

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— After a series of snow days that cut into spring break 2015, the Wake County Board of Education is looking for a way to make calendar planning more transparent for parents.

At their work session Tuesday afternoon, board members discussed publishing a calendar that would more clearly label days, including weekends, that could be used as inclement weather makeup days. The calendar would list, in order, the days that could be used, and school holidays would be used only as a last resort.

A draft circulated at the meeting lists a possible 21 days during the 2015-16 traditional calendar school year that could be used to meet the mandated 1,025 hours of instructional time.

School system leaders came under fire this spring when, after eight days when buses could not roll due to snow, they scheduled makeup days during the week beginning Monday, March 23. By the time those makeup days were announced, many families, including those of teachers and staff, had made non-refundable plans for the week they were told would be the school system's spring break.

Board members said Tuesday that they want to improve communication with the public and publish a calendar that makes the make-up day process more transparent.

A vote on the final calendar is expected next month.


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  • Pam Snyder Apr 23, 2015
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    We never went after Memorial day or started before Labor day till I moved down to the south. Guess what? my old school district had higher education results and the kids weren't as stressed. Just saying.....I know that education is very important and our children can go nowhere in life without it but having them stress constantly isn't good for them either. This year was a fluke as far as weather. However, I do think make up days should be scheduled before possible weather days in case we need them. No matter what the county or state does not everyone is going to be happy to be honest.

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 22, 2015
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    EXACTLY!!! That's how we went to school as well and there was never a problem. The system was NOT broken then don't get why they felt a need to fix it. now they'll just muck it up more

  • Barbara Sossomon Apr 22, 2015
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    I am sure that the School Board can do anything that they want. They seem to have a handle on everything. Of course, if they do not get it right for each parent, they will continue to make changes until they do, cause it is all about that Face.

  • Kim Singleton Apr 22, 2015
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    Please note that the College Board has listed on its website that October 3, 2015 is an anticipated SAT date. I hope the school board makes sure there is no conflict between the SAT and Wake County make-up days before finalizing the calendar. Even though a make-up day in October will most likely not be needed, having schools on reserve would prevent them from being used as testing sites.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    Second week of August? You know, years ago school didn't start until the day after labor day and ended in May. There was always three full months off during the summer. There's no reason to not keep that old schedule.

    Some would believe that going to school all year long will make kids smarter. It doesn't work.

  • David Pilley Apr 21, 2015
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    Move the start of the traditional school year back to the second week of August. You know, where it was when I was in school before the summer tourism lobbyists got involved with "educating" our kids...

  • Paul Donovan Apr 21, 2015
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    How about moving teacher workdays and early release days to the spring instead of scheduling most of them before there is a possibility of snow in this area ?

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 21, 2015
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    'predict' REALLY.

    If the meteorologists can't do it how does the school board think they can?