A7. We tried having Spring/Easter break later in the 2007-08 school year, because Easter came early in 2008; however, there were many complaints about it. So, we have not tried it like that since. Q8. Can Martin Luther King Day be a snow make-up day like the Charlotte- Mecklenburg <strong>Schools</strong> used it? A8. We are able to use any holiday, except Veterans Day, as a make-up day. We follow the state holiday list. If we opted to use holidays as make-up days, we would need to designate all of them and not single out one. Q9. Why is there a workday at the end of a grading period? Why are there protected workdays at the beginning and end of the school year? Can’t they be moved next to other workdays to create more time for teacher paperwork? A9. The calendar law specifies that protected teacher workdays must come at the beginning of the school year; at the end of the school year; and, one after each grading period. Placement of these days isn’t optional. Q10. Why can’t the school system build in snow days like the northern states’ school systems? A10. The calendar law doesn’t allow NC school systems to build in snow days. We must use teacher workdays and annual leave days for make-up days. Q11. I think there are too many days off. Why not eliminate them so that school ends on or before Memorial Day? A11. The calendar law requires that we have designated holidays; mandated teacher workdays; protected teacher workdays; annual leave days; and, optional teacher workdays. We aren’t permitted to eliminate them. Q12. Why could we make-up a day on President’s Day but not on holidays like Martin Luther King Day? A12. President’s Day isn’t a holiday in North Carolina for state employees. Q13. In the 2011-12 calendar, why is April 6 a holiday instead of April 9? A13. We follow the state holiday list, which denotes Good Friday as a holiday instead of Easter Monday.
Q14. Why doesn’t the school system exercise a waiver process for when school starts? A14. Waivers that have been approved by the Dept. of Public Instruction are based on a number of inclement weather days over a period of time. Our school system doesn’t meet the qualifications, like the mountain counties. Q15. What happens to these calendars if the Legislature changes the calendar law? A15. The <strong>Calendar</strong> Committee will reconvene to revise calendars as directed by legislation. Q16. Why aren’t all teacher workdays mandatory? A16. Because the calendar law specifies a set number of workdays as optional. Q17. Why does Christmas break get shorter and shorter? A17. Including all school days off, the following chart shows the number of days off over the last 5 years and how the number of days off have varied: School Year Days Off at Christmas Break 10-11 8 09-10 10 08-09 10 07-08 8 06-07 7 Q18. Why haven’t we used Saturdays for make-up days? A18. Many of our employees have second jobs that require Saturday work. Also, a large number of our students have jobs where they work on Saturdays. Q19. Why isn’t April 1 in the 2012-13 calendar a make-up day before April 4? A19. The <strong>Calendar</strong> Committee discussed this, and previous <strong>Calendar</strong> Committees have discussed using Easter Monday as a make-up day. Many families have asked the <strong>Calendar</strong> Committee through the years to protect Easter Monday, which is what we have done. Q20. Why do make-up days in April in both calendars back-up, i.e., 4, 3, 2, 1, instead of starting at the beginning of the week?