Make-up days raise questions about school calendar law

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the snow melted and ice gone, school is back in session. While school boards figure out how to squeeze in make up days, some parents are split on the issue.

“The kids need their education and this is the time for them to get it. We have the snow days that they got off but they need to go back and make those days up, I believe,” Joey Small, a grandparent, said.

“Extend the school day 15 minutes longer. They’ve done this a couple years ago. That seemed to work out It’s not taking out their spring break parents already have vacations planned. I mean it is what it is. You know, you can’t help what happens,” Jodi Perez, a parent, said.

Because of state law, schools must end no later than the Friday closest to June 11. This year, it would be June 8. Some parents are worried more bad weather could cause more problems.

“It’s early. It’s only the second week of January. You know, sometimes storms don’t come till February, March. And then what are we going to do then,” Perez said.

Some lawmakers say the school calendar law need to be examined and maybe revised due to the constant changes in the climate in the Cape Fear.

“Whether it is more intense hurricane activity, peculiar snow events. So we have to be prepared for that. Yes. And I think an over arching goal should be to take a look at how we organize our school year to prepare for these types of events,” Representative Deb Butler said.

Representative Michael Lee said if the school districts are having issues and concerns, he’d be happy to look into it.

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