Iredell-Statesville Schools make May 16 optional teacher workday ahead of Raleigh rally

Iredell-Statesville Schools make May 16 optional teacher workday

IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Iredell-Statesville Schools have joined the list of North Carolina districts making May 16 an optional teacher workday as teachers rally in Raleigh.

The rally is intended to call for increasing teacher pay and investment in public education, lowering staff ratios in schools, and decreasing class sizes.

Iredell-Statesville Schools officials sent a release Tuesday explaining their decision to make the day an optional teacher workday:

Without the substitute teacher capacity to cover the absences that Iredell-Statesville Schools anticipates, Superintendent Brady Johnson, supported by the Board of Education, made the decision to make Wednesday, May 16th an optional teacher workday. Any Advanced Placement (AP) testing that is scheduled for that day will continue.  Additionally, International Baccalaureate (IB) testing already scheduled will go on as planned.

"This decision was made since we cannot guarantee that we will have the necessary staff to maintain an uninterrupted day for curriculum and safely transport our students to and from school," said Superintendent Brady Johnson.  "We will support the schools that will continue with their scheduled testing by augmenting their staff with Central Support personnel."

Mecklenburg County Schools (CMS) announced in early May that the district would also make May 16 an optional teacher workday.

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