LIST: Local school districts closing, having class on May 1 in reaction to Raleigh teacher rally

LIST: Local school districts closing, having class on May 1 in reaction to Raleigh teacher rally
North Carolina teachers gather in Raleigh to protest for higher wages in 2018.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of teachers in North Carolina have requested days off as they plan to gather in Raleigh on May 1 for a teachers rally.

Because of the amount of requests, several local school districts are faced with decisions on whether to have class on that day due to the number of teachers who have requested off.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will not have school on that day as CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has designated Wednesday, May 1, as an optional teacher workday..

Superintendent Wilcox, who made this decision in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, has waived attendance requirements on May 1 for all CMS students. No make-up day is needed or will be scheduled.

Kannapolis City Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Cabarrus County Schools have also announced they will not have class for students May 1.

Here’s the full list of schools that have already announced plans to cancel class for students:

  • Cabarrus County School District
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Kannapolis City Schools
  • Mooresville Graded School District

Iredell-Statesville Schools had 200+ teachers request off for the May 1st teacher’s rally. After holding an emergency meeting to discuss their plan, the district decided to physically close schools on May 1 and instead hold a virtual school day for students and an optional teacher work day.

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Union, Gaston and Rowan-Salisbury Schools are are still having classes for students on the day of the teacher rally.

While many neighboring school systems have announced that classes would be called off on May 1, Rowan-Salisbury Schools is planning to keep its regular schedule.

“End of grade testing is coming,” said RSS Spokesperson Rita Foil. “We’d like to see our students and staff have a strong ending to the year.”

Here’s the full list of school districts that are still having class on May 1:

  • Avery County School District
  • Alexander County School District
  • Caldwell County School District
  • Catawba County Schools
  • Cleveland County Schools
  • Gaston County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools
  • Stanly County Schools
  • Watauga County Schools

WBTV has contacted Ashe, Anson, and Burke County Schools but have not yet received a official decision on their plans for May 1.

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