April 9, 2019 – Citing an overwhelming number of requests for leave by teachers, school nutrition workers and bus drivers, the Board of Education voted tonight to close the district for GCS students on May 1.
May 1 will become an optional teacher workday, and June 11 will become a student day, for schools on the traditional academic calendar. The full list of make-up days is as follows:
Traditional Academic Calendar
Middle College at GTCC-Greensboro/Middle College at GTCC-High Point/ Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown/Kearns Academy/Academy at Smith
STEM Early College/Middle College at N.C. A&T/Middle College at Bennett
Greensboro College Middle College
Early College at Guilford
Middle College at UNCG
Given the number of absences requested, there are not enough substitutes available to transport students to school, or provide adequate classroom coverage and student supervision. All GCS schools have to provide students with the number of instructional hours required by state law, which is why the board had to authorize an additional student day.
GCS joins a number of districts that will close for students that day, when educators across the state will convene in Raleigh to request change from state legislators on education issues. A similar event took place on May 16, 2018.
As of Monday, more than 1,000 teachers had requested to take leave on May 1. A few hundred classified staff also requested the day off. The board chose to make a decision tonight in order to allow parents enough time to make arrangements for childcare. Central offices will remain open.