Schools seek flexibility in makeup days

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

Mother Nature has been complicating Vance County Schools’ plan for making up snow days.

Spokeswoman Terri Hedrick said school scheduled for today has been cancelled.

“We didn’t think some of the back roads and secondary roads would be clear, especially those in the county,” she said.

The school board voted on Monday to change, June 9, 10 and 11 from optional teacher workdays to student school days to replace the three snow days in January.

The Early College High School will have Feb. 18, April 9 and May 23 as make-up days.The board also voted to hold future make-up days on the Saturday of the week when inclement weather occurred.

Vance Charter Principal Sean Connolly said his students missed two more days this week as well. He said the school has planned make-up days for time missed in January but not for the February snow days.

He said the school will not use today to catch up.

Henderson Collegiate and Oxford Preparatory High School also had snow days this week.State law requires school districts to have either 185 days of classes or 1,025 hours of instruction per school year, but most school districts meet the 1,025-hour requirement.

In a press conference Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory said he would look at potential flexibility in the law.

“I want to make sure I get feedback from all education officials regarding what flexibility should be given to counties that have been impacted and what flexibility we have on the state law requiring maximum amount of school days and whether or not we have flexibility in the adjudication and enforcement of that,” he said.

Hedrick said the school district still plans to use Saturdays as make-up days, though other options include extending the school calendar, adding more time to the school day or cutting days from future breaks.

“Right now, the last day of school will be June 11, unless something changes,” she said.

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