Wake, Lincoln schools will skip 3 makeup days

ahelms@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Wake and Lincoln county schools won’t make up last week’s three snow days because the districts can meet the state minimum for classroom hours without adding days, the districts announced Tuesday.

School employees and families around North Carolina are waiting for officials to announce makeup plans in an unusually harsh winter. Many hope to avoid makeup days during spring break or on Saturdays.

North Carolina’s school calendar law requires a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. State officials say most districts are well above the minimum hours, which can give them flexibility.

Lincoln County Schools announced Tuesday morning that it can meet the minimum hours without makeup days, while Wake officials said Tuesday afternoon that they’ll convert one half-day to a full day.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ calendar calls for April 14 and 15, the Monday and Tuesday of spring break, to be used as makeups for Thursday and Friday, the fourth and fifth days schools closed because of snow and ice. Superintendent Heath Morrison has said his staff is reviewing options and will bring any recommended changes to the school board, employees and families.

CMS is making up two days from a January snowstorm this week, with a third makeup day planned for March 31.

The CMS board has an in-town retreat scheduled for Friday. The agenda has not been released. The board also has a regular meeting next week.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms

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