Education

Schools wait on lawmakers to learn how they'll make up time missed to Hurricane Matthew

Posted October 19, 2016 5:50 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2016 6:06 p.m. EDT

— School is slowly returning to session for many districts impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Some students missed days, others more than a week.

How they will make up that time will depend very much on the individual district and on the actions of state lawmakers when they return to Raleigh in January.

State law requires that schools provide either 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction every year. Only the legislature can change that requirement, and that is what Gov. Pat McCrory suggested it do in a speech Wednesday about hurricane recovery.

McCrory asked school boards to delay rescheduling missed school days until legislators can allow them flexibility in how to do so.

Vanessa Jeter, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Instruction, said some school systems may have enough inclement weather days and teacher work days in their calendars to cover the needed time.

Those that don't will have to wait until legislators come back in January.