School officials consider how to make up snow days

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Students spent President's Day inside their classrooms and it's just one of five snow days they'll have to make up after last week's storm, and another day from last month.

Local school districts and state lawmakers are trying to come up with alternatives so students don't have to go to school over spring break.

But, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools officials may decide to stick with its own plan.

The ultimate decision for school make-up days will be left up to the CMS Board of Education, and unless the board changes plans, students will be attending school over spring break.

Two of the days are scheduled to be made up on April 14 and 15 during the break.

 Reid Campbell, a parent, said, "Parents will make their own decision as to whether or not they choose to send their kids to school."

 In Iredell-Statesville Schools, students will have to make up their last two days during summer vacation.

 "Those kids whose families have vacation, they'll take them out regardless," said Harriet Harris, a parent.

 Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory said he plans to meet with state lawmakers to consider legislation that would allow districts to skip those make-up days.

"I've got to ensure that I follow the law and we're reviewing all of our options,” McCrory said.

The state has several options including waiving the snow days but lawmakers can't change the school schedule.

The CMS Board of Education is also looking at other options to save spring break including Saturday make-up days or even adjusting hours to the school day.

"The 2013-2014 calendar was voted on about two years ago so any changes or amendments to that calendar would have to be approved by the board," said Tahira Stalberte CMS director of communications.

The CMS Board of Education will meet next Tuesday but Channel 9 has not been told if it will make a decision at that time.

CMS said that before a decision is made officials will get input from staff and parents as well.

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