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Rare Winter Storm In South Brings Ice And Snow To Region Unaccustomed To The Elements

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Wake County Public School System schools will use the days listed below to recover lost instructional time caused by snow and icy road conditions during the 2014-15 school year.

The days below were chosen to provide as much academic benefit as possible after losing eight school days to ice and snow relatively late in the year. School leaders recognize that these makeup days will create scheduling conflicts for some and trust that parents will make the best decisions for their families. For additional guidance, see Frequently Asked Questionsbelow.

Employees will receive additional information on how the make up days affect staff calendars shortly.

Traditional-Calendar: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Monday, March 23 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
  • Tuesday, March 24  – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Year-Round, Track 1: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Saturday, May 16  – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
  • Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Year-Round, Track 2:
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
Year-Round, Track 3: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
  • Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Year-Round, Track 4: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
  • Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Single Track Year-Round Schools with Track 4 Only 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Saturday, May 16 – Schools will operate on a half-day schedule
  • Saturday, May 30 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
Modified-Calendar Schools: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Monday, June 1 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
  • Tuesday, June 2 – Schools will operate on a normal weekday schedule
WECHS and VMCCA:
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Thursday, April 2  – Workday becomes normal school day
  • Thursday, May 28 – Workday becomes normal school day
  • Friday, May 29 – Workday becomes normal school day
WAKE STEM:
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Thursday, April 2 – Workday becomes normal school day
  • Friday, May 1 – Workday becomes normal school day
  • Friday, May 22 – Workday becomes normal school day
WYMLA and WYWLA: 
  • Friday, March 6 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, April 17 – This early release day is extended to a full day
  • Friday, March 13 — Workday becomes normal school day
  • Thursday, May 28 – Workday becomes normal school day
  • Friday, May 29 – Workday becomes normal school day

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we using the first three days of spring break?

State calendar laws combined with the lateness of this year’s school closings left the school system with limited options to recover eight days of instructional time. Five of those make-up days were already decided, leaving three days to recover.

The school system explored the option of using the Good Friday April 3 holiday, one Saturday in April and one Saturday in May. But a closer review of those dates and significant parent feedback revealed numerous conflicts that compromised the quality of that instructional time.

State law allows school systems to recover time by using teacher work days, extending early release days, using banked instructional hours and using scheduled vacation days. A decision was ultimately made to use all of those options to provide as much focused academic time as possible.

While June 9-11 are listed as teacher workdays, they are used primarily for teachers to close out the school year.

What happens if we miss additional school days?

Per state law, we will be required to make up any additional missed days. The decision will be determined in part by how much time must be recovered and how many days are left in the school year.

What happens during half-day Saturday school? 

For half-day Saturdays, bus pick-up times will follow the regular weekday schedule. The instructional day will be 3.5 hours. Breakfast and lunch will not be served, but students may bring snacks to school. There will be no recess or clubs. All time will be used on core instruction. There is no before- or after-care provided.

My child has prior commitments on a make-up day that he or she can’t miss. 

We understand that there will be scheduling conflicts, and we trust parents will make the best decisions for their families. Parents should notify their child’s teacher to make arrangements for missed class work or homework.

We missed eight days of school. Why aren’t we making up all eight missed days? 

We were able to avoid making up three days of school by using the hours that students already are scheduled to attend above the state’s required minimum of 1,025 hours. We did not need to make up Feb. 24 because the buses had already started their runs.

Why do Track 2 students have to attend a full day on April 17? 

Due to transportation constraints, it is not possible to run some schools/some tracks on an early release schedule while other schools are on a full-day schedule.