Guilford Co. Schools, WSFC Schools to keep make-up days in place

The Guilford County Board of Education has voted against reinstating spring break days that are being used as make-up days.

The vote means that April 14, 15, 16 and 17 will be used as make-up days and Friday, April 18, will be the only day students and staff have off during the spring break week.

A petition on Change.org was recently created asking the school district to forgive the missed days during which a State of Emergency was declared.

“I’m just asking the school board to please to find it in their heart to get together and consider the families of students and well as all the administration and staff members and allow them to have their spring break,” said Carmen Bunton, one of several parents who spoke before the board Tuesday night.

The board did look at other options, including adding time to the end of the day and adding days onto the end of the school year. Both of those ideas came with additional problems. Staff also recommended not making up days on Saturday which is considered the Sabbath by many in the community.

The board decided to stick with their original calendar for the year that was put in place in December 2012.

“When we do put into a calendar a date that may possibly be a make-up day for inclement weather, we mean that,” said Board Member Nancy Routh.

Dealing with the same issues, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools were looking at extending each school day 20 minutes from spring break to the end of school to help make up for losing eight days.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education on Tuesday dropped a proposal to lengthen the instructional day.

That plan would have allowed the school year to end on Friday, June 13, after all the earlier bad weather days have been made up. Now students and teachers will have to come back for one more day on Monday, June 16, to finish the year.

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