Lenoir County Public Schools will recoup the school day lost to snow on Tuesday by extending two days originally scheduled as half days for students into regular school days.
Those calendar changes are for Wednesday, March 28, and Friday, June 8, the last day of school for students.
The day missed this week – the result of icy roads in some parts of the county that made bus travel dangerous – brings to 6 1/2 the number of school days lost to winter weather since Jan. 3. To compensate for that lost instructional time, LCPS has turned half days into full days, rescheduled teacher workdays as regular schools days and taken advantage of additional instructional hours built into the school calendar.
Public schools in North Carolina are required to provide 185 instructional days or 1,025 hours of instructional time.
At this point, the district is out of easy choices for making up lost time, according to Superintendent Brent Williams. One teacher workday remains between now and the last day of school for students and that day has been set aside for important safety training and professional development sessions.
“Rescheduling these two half days as regular school days is the least disruptive change we can make to the calendar,” the superintendent said.