CMS designates May 1 ‘optional teacher workday’ after thousands of requests for teacher rally

CMS cancels classes for May 1 teacher rally in Raleigh

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will not have school May 1 for the North Carolina teacher rally. The announcement was made Thursday morning, days after other school districts announced school cancellations for the day.

May 1 is one of the biggest days for educators across the state of North Carolina - with thousands of teachers planning to not be in school in order to meet at the state capital.

CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox said nearly 2,000 employees have requested off on May 1.

Wilcox said “the powerful voices of educators change student lives every day in classrooms across our community. Together, their collective voice will change communities across our state on May 1 as they advocate for investments in public education that matter most to our students and their futures.”

The superintendent says a make-up day will not be required for students. The decision was made in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.

The superintendent says he understands the impact the teacher workday will have on families and the community.

“CMS will be working to ease the burden of a closed-school day,” he said. “We may not be able to fulfill all needs, but we will do our best in this community to collaborate and coordinate with area partners to support our families.”

All after school enrichment programs will be cancelled May 1. Parents should check with their assigned schools for decisions on any planned field trips for that day.

High school athletic programs scheduled for May 1 will continue as planned however, all middle school athletic events will be cancelled and rescheduled for Monday May 13.

On Friday, Mooresville Graded School District announced that there will be no schools for students on Wednesday, May 1 as the day is designated as an optional teacher workday.

Union County Public Schools announced that they will operate on a normal schedule on May 1.

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