When a snowstorm rolled through Charlotte in late February, Superintendent Ann Clark asked the school board if Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools could just not make up those missed days of class.
That could become a more common solution to bad weather in the future.
In the coming years, the district superintendent is expected to get the latitude to waive up to four makeup days at his or her discretion. It would no longer be up to the school board to approve.
The change is tucked in to a school board policy that will be read into the record at the board’s meeting Tuesday. Most of the policy is benign and deals with when the school board approves the annual instructional calendar. In the past, the full school board hasn’t really debated these (at least in public).
There was a little talk about it at a school board policy committee meeting late last month. Board members there said they were fine with the superintendent making the decision about waiving makeup days without going to the board for approval.
Remember, the school district can legally do this because their traditional calendar has more instructional hours than the state requires by law each year.
The real-world impact the new policy will have is yet to be seen. It could mean that nothing will really change. It hinges on who is in the superintendent’s chair in the future and what his or her philosophy is on making up snow days.
But it at least signals that CMS is willing to sacrifice makeup days before they become a last resort.
The next snowstorm that passes through will put that to the test.