Guilford Co. Board of Education to discuss make-up days

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County Schools are dealing with the backlash of having to use four out of the five days allowed spring break as make up days due to weather cancellations this winter.

“Nobody wants to cancel spring break,” said Cynthia Shah-Khan, spokesperson for the school district.

“We used all of our makeup days,” she said.

Back to back snow and ice storms shut down schools across the Piedmont for more days than planned.

It’s an idea parents like Susan Wilson are trying to fight.

“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Wilson said. “Something has to be done. We’ve got to speak up.”

She’s one of thousands — from parents to teachers — who’ve signed a petition on Change.org asking the school district to forgive the missed days during which a State of Emergency was declared.

Guilford County Board of Education Chairman Alan Duncan will lead a discussion at the board’s March 11 meeting regarding the upcoming inclement weather make-up days.

“These kids didn’t do anything wrong to lose their break,” Wilson said.

Her son Matthew is a junior at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown. She was planning on traveling with him over break.

“We did plan to go look at colleges,” Wilson said. “There are people I work with who have booked airline reservations. What do they do now?”

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools are looking at extending each school day 20 minutes from spring break  to the end of school to help make up for losing eight days.

Alamance-Burlington schools say students won’t have to make up four of the 10 days they’ve missed.

Plans Guilford County schools say their students just can’t afford.

“We had to find a way to make sure our students are getting that key instructional time,” Shah-Khan said.

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