CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Feb. 25 that students will not have to make up school days missed on Feb. 13 and 14 due to the winter storm.
Dr. Heath E. Morrison, the district’s superintendent, presented a recommendation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Feb. 25 to leave spring break intact by not making up two of the three missed days. The Feb. 12 snow day will be made up on March 31, previously designated a teacher workday.
The district calendar for the current school year has 1,080 hours of instructional time, which is more than the 1,025 hours required by the state. The extra hours provided some flexibility in the district’s response to the unusual weather event.
“The education of our students is always our first consideration and that is why the extra hours were built into the calendar,” Dr. Morrison said. “This decision was not an easy one but the unique nature of the February snow storm warranted a unique response. Many of our employees and families indicated that they had made plans for the break, so we are pleased to avoid shortening spring break at this time.”
However, Dr. Morrison reminded the Board and the public that it is possible that additional severe weather could occur this year. Missing more days of school, he said, will mean losing days during spring break. District leadership does not believe giving up more instructional time is in the best interests of students, he said.
Dr. Morrison’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Board of Education.