For Rowan-Salisbury Schools "Making Up" is hard to do

For Rowan-Salisbury Schools "Making Up" is hard to do

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - While Mecklenburg County schools were opened on Tuesday, the neighboring counties to the north of Charlotte were closed, and in Rowan-Salisbury Schools it's becoming a habit that administrators hope they'll be able to break.

There was no question about it, the roads were bad for several hours in Rowan County this morning.  Several accidents were reported on Interstate 85, as well as on rural roads like Highway 601 and Woodleaf Road.

"We started getting calls in early with our transportation that were out, they're out 3:00 in the morning, so we started getting some pictures in around 4:30 and Dr. Moody called it before 5:00 and said let's do a 2 hour delay that would at least give us time to assess the situation and see what was going on and if we had to close," said RSS Public Information Officer Rita Foil.

Hallways and classrooms were empty, except for those staff members like Overton elementary School fourth grade teacher Pam Rutherford who came in and took advantage of the quiet time.

"Lots of grading," Rutherford told WBTV. "And lots of new technology for me to learn, some new apps, so I've worked on that today as well."

Administrators with the school system know they're in a spot when it comes to making up at least five snow days.

"We know that Saturdays and spring break are not popular decisions," Foil said. "And when we look at the schedule we try to avoid those if possible, but technically all days from the beginning of school to the end of school can be instructional days."

For now there is no decision as administrators want to wait and see what the rest of this week will bring.

"We're going to look at it day by day. It's a weather situation so we're probably going to wait until the situation is over before we actually come up with our plan for make up, for what we're going to do, so that we can look at the whole picture and decide what is best for our students and staff," Foil added.

RSS students have only been in class on one of the last seven school days, thanks to the President's Day workday on February 16, and winter weather on February, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 24.