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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers hope this year’s winter storms will spark new discussion on the law on when schools can start and must end.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Rep. Tricia Cotham of Mecklenburg County said she thinks adjusting the law will get more support because of the snow this year. Cotham wants the state to leave it up to local districts to decide when to start and end classes.

The current law requires that schools start no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11. That creates problems with making up snow days.

But some lawmakers say it’s unlikely that the law will be changed because this year’s legislative session is a short one.

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  • LelandGal

    I think that school should start on the Tuesday after Labor day and get out the Friday before Memorial Day… It worked before and it can work again.. If teachers need to have workdays or classes then do it in June, July and August…..

  • jj

    I have lived here all my life. There was snow/hurricane days built into the school year. If they were not used then we had a longer Easter vacation.

    So, I think it wouldn’t hurt a thing for them to go back and do this again.

  • Guest2020

    It was my understanding that they added teacher’s work days into the school year to accommodate hurricane days. And that usually isn’t a problem. I guess snow days are so rare that the teacher work days aren’t scheduled as much later in the year, but the time can be made up without cutting into the spring break. Last year Brunswick County wound up having to add a day to the end because the last day was missed because of a tropical system.

    I don’t have an issue with them adding time to the school days, but I don’t see how the 12 minutes a day, they are adding in Brunswick County are going to add to the quality of the education. But I guess if they have to satisfy the state, they have to satisfy the state.

  • Janet Rivenbark

    Lack of planning. Every time we have weather events (snow, ice, hurricanes) during the school year there is always a big discussion on how the kids are going to make up the missed days.

    North Carolina requires a minimum of 185 days or 1025 hours of instruction. This idea of adding 11 minutes to each school day to make up for the missed days caused by the weather last week is ridiculous! Just how much difference is 11 minutes going to make?

    Why not plan a school year that is actually more than the minimum to begin with. Maybe 190 days? That way, if something happens no one is scrambling at the last minute to figure out how to make up the time.

    I realize that the teachers’ union might have something to say about this, but in my opinion, the teachers’ union should start thinking about the children’s education first for a change. Isn’t that why teachers teach?

  • Guest Timekeeper

    There is no reason for any new laws concerning make up days. When we had to make up snow days when I went to school, we did it on Saturday. There was no problem with that. I am sure there are some who would not like it, but it has to be done (makeup) and regardless of the solution offered, some will complain because it does not fit their schedule or lifestyle. One woman even complained because a few minutes were added to the school day, morning and afternoon. God forbid any disruption of a set routine, as most can never adapt. But, as usual, education takes a back seat to every other activity, and it shows.


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