Optional Teacher Workday Student; Meals to be provided at Some Schools
Superintendent Tim Markley announced Thursday New Hanover County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The day will be an optional teacher workday. NHCS parents were to receive an automated call from the district Thursday evening with this announcement.
“We have made the decision to close on May 16th due to the fact that we are currently approaching approximately 600 teachers who have requested leave for that day. Based on our current substitute teacher pool, that would leave us with over 200 unfilled positions. At this point, we can not provide quality instruction and there would be serious student safety concerns with that many teachers out of the schools,” Dr. Markley stated.
Thousands of educators throughout North Carolina are planning to convene in Raleigh on May 16th to attend a rally at the General Assembly to address education issues.
Here are the answers to some questions parents, students and community members may have:
Will students have to make up that day?
No. A make-up day for students will not be required. The NHCS calendar provides more classroom time than the state requires so the district can cover this day without having to make it up.
Some children do not eat unless they are at school. What about them?
NHCS will provide meals through the Summer Food Service program. We will provide breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following schools: Williams, Bradley Creek, Wrightsboro, Williston, Virgo, and Sunset Park. Meals will be provided free of charge to all children 18 years of age or younger.
What about testing or other school activities that day?
NHCS is working with principals and other school leaders to accommodate testing schedules that must continue on May 16th such as some International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Parents and students will receive information and instructions from the student’s school in the coming days if the student is scheduled to take a test that day.
Transportation will be provided for students taking tests through the NHCS Transportation Department. Information regarding transportation on May 16th for these test takers will be provided by the schools.
Athletics: Since high school athletics are now in the playoffs for the spring sports season, any playoff games scheduled for May 16th will be played as scheduled. High school playoff schedules are dictated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
What will staff, other than teachers, be doing that day?
NHCS hourly employees can choose from three options for the work day, including: 1) opt for annual leave; 2) opt to take a day without pay; or 3) report to work for additional duties, training, or professional development opportunities as assigned by their supervisors.
Salaried staff will continue to work on their normal job duties. Normal teacher workday leave request rules will apply.