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CMS won’t make up next 4 snow days this year

The school board voted Tuesday to allow Superintendent Ann Clark to decide that some school days missed because of bad weather simply won’t be made up.
The school board voted Tuesday to allow Superintendent Ann Clark to decide that some school days missed because of bad weather simply won’t be made up. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

If the snowstorm expected late Wednesday causes school to be canceled, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will not have to make up the days they would miss.

The school board voted Tuesday to allow Superintendent Ann Clark to decide that some school days missed because of bad weather simply won’t be made up.

That power would be put into action this week if any more days are missed. The next scheduled makeup day is May 25, which is Memorial Day. To avoid holding classes then, which would cause a payroll issue, Clark said Tuesday she would waive the makeup day.

CMS is able to do this because of a slight mismatch between the district’s academic calendar and what North Carolina requires.

State law mandates that students be in class for 1,025 hours each school year. CMS currently has 1,080 hours on the books. That leaves 55 hours of wiggle room.

Clark said up to four days of school could be canceled without being made up this school year. Beyond that, the school board and administrators would have to decide what to do.

After May 25, the next scheduled makeup days would be tacked on after the current last day of school.

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