Wake County Schools

Wake schools holding on final snow make-up dates

Posted March 5, 2015

Wake County Public School System

— Wake County school leaders are awaiting the impact from Thursday night's winter weather before announcing final snow make-up dates, the district said.

The district will operate on a two-hour delay Friday due to forecasts of icy road conditions.

"We encourage families to pay close attention to media reports and the district web site for possible updates in the morning," the district said in a statement. "WCPSS officials will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions throughout the county early Friday morning to determine when buses can safely transport students to school."

School officials did not say when they will decide on the snow dates. Based on Thursday night's weather, another make-up day may have to be added, officials said.

School board members on Tuesday decided that Good Friday and one Saturday each in April and May will be make-up days from last week’s snow storms. All three make-up days will be full school days, not half-days, as is usually the case when school is held on Saturdays.

The decision was met with displeasure from parents and students.

"Twitter erupted with very negative responses," Sophia Walsh, a senior at Apex High School, said Tuesday. "A lot of us have family commitments that have been set for a while, and if we miss those school days, they count as absences and they are unexcused."

School leaders said the decision was the best solution for nine different school calendars to have the same make-up days.

"Again, parents have made plans and whatever day we pick there is going to be conflict," school board chairwoman Christine Kushner said. "We are looking for the least disruptive solution."

Wake schools previously announced that students will attend a full day of school on March 6 and April 17, both former early-release days, to make-up snow days from Feb. 17-20.


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  • Mark Neill Mar 6, 2015
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    Stupid stupid stupid.

    There are 2 more snow days still in the calendar - days after the currently-scheduled last day of school, that are now going unused. What are /those/ being saved for?

    And when is WCPSS going to finally figure out that they have weather days every year, and start scheduling a 182-day school year with the last week as half days, so that they can pad or cancel as needed?

  • Ronnie Reams Mar 6, 2015
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    The religious part of it would not be so bad. The real problem is the expense since it is
    a State Holiday, too. A lot of the folks involved in operating the schools are State employees.
    I know when I worked for the State, I received time and a half and a day off for working a holiday. That is why I think it is a poor choice.

  • Salatheal Hasty Mar 6, 2015
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    We as parents can find any angle to argue why that should or should not choose this or that day...I know a family that their child was tracked out during these days BUT they are taking away their early release days when they weren't even in school...My family has a trip planned and my kid will miss 5 days due to her make up schedule in Durham due to we can't cancel or reschedule...

  • Skye Thompson Mar 5, 2015
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    Jewish kids go to school on their holy days all the time, as do children of many other faiths. If children going to school on Good Friday actually interferes with religious observance of the holiday, Christian families can keep their children home. It's an excused absence and something non-Christian families do as well.

  • Edward Levy Mar 5, 2015
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    I am sure that the holy day of Good Friday to those who observe it, will have a lot of absentees. If you can plan to Saturdays why not 3 Saturdays?