February 16, 2014

Classes resume Monday for CMS; districts await news on snow makeup options

As the ice disappears, the school makeup days begin.

As the ice disappears, the school makeup days begin.

Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Iredell-Statesville and Gaston County schools would have had Monday off for Presidents Day, but it’s now a makeup day for a January snowstorm.

Schools across North Carolina closed for three days last week, bringing total snow days to five or more for many districts. And that means they’ve exhausted makeup dates that aren’t controversial.

Faced with having to shorten spring break, hold Saturday school, use Memorial Day or tack days onto the end of the school year, many districts are watching to see what Gov. Pat McCrory does to deliver on last week’s promise that he’ll look for ways to give local boards “more flexibilities” in dealing with the snow days.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison also has his staff reviewing the state calendar law, talking with state officials and scrutinizing options. Under the calendar approved two years ago, students will lose two of their five days of spring break to make up Thursday’s and Friday’s closings. Morrison said any recommended changes would be presented to employees and families, then go to the school board for a vote.

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