Local students to make up four missed school days

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East Forsyth High School

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are scheduled to return to their classes Monday, making up four days they missed because of bad weather.

A makeup day for Jan. 31 is scheduled for Feb. 17, President’s Day, a school document says. Other makeup days are scheduled for April 21, June 12 and June 13.

Monday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high temperature near 48 degrees in Winston-Salem. The city received about 8 inches of snow in this week’s major winter storm.

Gov. Pat McCrory said at a news conference Friday that he will review a policy requiring students to have 185 classroom days or 1,025 hours.

He said he will meet with legal advisers, state school Superintendent June Atkinson and state school board chairman Bill Cobey about whether he can give school districts more flexibility about meeting that legal obligation.

This week’s winter storm caused schools to be closed for as many as four days. These closures came on top of the ones from a winter storm last month.

“We have missed six days, snow days,” said Theo Helm, a local school system spokesman. “Students will not make up two snow days.”

A change to state law means that local students won’t have to make up the first two bad weather days. In 2012, the General Assembly amended calendar rules for public schools.

Teachers have a contract to work 180 school days and 14 workdays, Helm said. They will be required to work 178 school days and 16 workdays.

“We don’t have a final calendar because we may get more snow,” Helm said.

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