CMS schedules makeup days in January, February and March. Get ready for few breaks.

Icy scenes around Charlotte

Scenes around Charlotte as snow and ice blanketed the region Sunday.
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Scenes around Charlotte as snow and ice blanketed the region Sunday.

Schools that were closed Tuesday will make up the time on Jan. 22, and all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will attend extra days in February and March to make up for October hurricane closings.

Superintendent Clayton Wilcox announced the makeup plan at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. It uses up all the days designated for makeup, other than the undesirable option of adding days after the June 7 date set for the end of the year.

“We don’t want any more snow. We don’t want any more freezing rain,” he said.

CMS students have missed either six or seven days of school so far this year, as two tropical storms and a winter storm hit the region. The district has always tried to keep its schools on the same calendar, but Tuesday CMS kept 35 schools closed because of icy roads and power outages while reopening 140 others.

Those schools will be open Jan. 22, while other schools take a teacher work day after the Martin Luther King holiday.

All schools will hold classes on Feb. 18 and March 29, which were scheduled to be teacher work days. That means students and faculty will have no breaks between the Martin Luther King holiday in January and spring break in April, an 11-week uninterrupted stretch.


A previous version of this story said Butler High would hold a makeup day on Jan. 22 because of time lost to a fatal shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools later rescinded that plan.

Ann Doss Helms has covered education for the Observer since 2002, long enough to watch a generation of kids go from preK to college. She is a repeat winner of the North Carolina Press Association’s education reporting award.