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New Hanover Co. make-up days won't affect Spring Break, Saturdays

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County families will not have to worry about losing Saturdays or any part of Spring Break thanks to last week's winter storm.

Today the school district announced its schedule for missing four school days by converting some half days to full days and adding a day at the end of the year.

The following is the make up schedule for New Hanover County Schools students on the traditional calendar:
*Friday, Feb. 14 will become a full instructional day. (Previously, this was an early release day - Staff Development Day)
*Friday, March 28 will become a full instructional day. (Previously, this was an early release day - Staff Development Day)
*Thursday, June 12 will become a instructional full day. (Previously, this was an early release day and the last day of school.)
*Friday, June 13 will be added to the school calendar (This will be an early release day day and the last day of school. The district's testing schedule will be changed to reflect the new end of the school year.)

Year Round Calendar Make Up Schedule:
*Friday, Feb. 14 will become a full instructional day. (Previously, this was an early release day - Staff Development Day)
*Friday, March 28 will become a full instructional day. (Previously, this was an early release day - Staff Development Day)
*Thursday, June 19 will become a full instructional day. (Previously, this was the last day of school)
*Friday, June 20 will become the last day of school. (Previously, this was a designated Staff Development Day)

The school district says in addition to replacing instructional time, other factors that had to be considered include payroll deadlines, employee leave adjustments and other related costs. District officials also considered input from Board members, parents, employees and other key stakeholders.

"We listened to the community and this make up schedule reflects the most effective options available to us. Everyone emphasized the importance of restoring the instructional time and many asked us to avoid taking time away from spring break. This schedule still exceeds the 1025 instructional hours required by the state," Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said in a statement.

While the current schedule protects Saturdays, the district says if it needs any other make-up days the rest of the school year, those would be on Saturdays.

The New Hanover County Board of Education is expected to officially approve the make up schedule at their next regular meeting Feb. 11.

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Hope Pender Schools follow

Hope Pender Schools follow the lead of New Hanover. Great job not disrupting planned family vacations!

I like Pender Countys idea

I like Pender Countys idea of adding on 12 minutes each day.. We could have done 15 and I be been finished by Spring Break..

Whew!!!

So happy they were able to resolve this complex problem without delving into Einstein's theory of relativity!

...and we wonder why our children get a substandard education.