GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A petition has been started asking Guilford County Schools to forgive missed school days when a State of Emergency was declared.
The Change.org petition states, “The students and staff of the Guilford County School system want and deserve ALL of their spring break vacation.”
The petition already has over 2,000 signatures. Parents, students and teachers have signed the petition.
Following the most recent missed school day on Monday, GCS announced the make-up day will be Thursday, April 17 — a day previously scheduled as a spring break day.
With this make-up day in place, the already-shortened spring break has been nearly eliminated.
Due to past inclement weather this winter, make-up days have been scheduled during the spring break week for April 14, 15 and 16. This leaves only Friday, April 18, which is Good Friday, as a day off for students and staff on that week.
In addition to schools being closed following a State of Emergency declaration on March 7 and 10, schools were also closed Feb. 14 and a make-up day scheduled in the spring break week, after Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency for a winter storm. The Feb. 14 make-up day was scheduled for April 14.
In Alamance County, the school system said due to the “extreme weather event and state of emergency situation,” students will not make up the last four missed school days (March 4, 7, 10 and 11). The March 4 makeup date would have been this past Saturday, March 8.