13 and counting: Which NC school districts are closing for May 16 teacher protest

13 and counting: Which NC school districts are closing for May 16 teacher protest
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox got unanimous approval for his first Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget plan.(Davie Hinshaw | Charlotte Observer)

NORTH CAROLINA (T. Keung and Ann Doss Helms/Charlotte Observer) - More than a third of North Carolina's public school students will not have classes on May 16 because schools will be closed due to the teacher rally planned that day in Raleigh.

Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to come to Raleigh for the "March For Students and Rally For Respect" to lobby state lawmakers for better pay and working conditions.

Because of all the expected teacher absences, 13 North Carolina school districts have announced they'll close school on May 16. Those districts represent more than 538,000 students, or 35 percent of the state's public school students.

The school districts that are canceling classes on May 16 are:

  • Asheboro City
  • Asheville City
  • Cabarrus County
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  • Durham County
  • Guilford County
  • Iredell-Statesville
  • Mooresville Grade School District
  • Nash-Rocky Mount
  • Orange County
  • Pitt County
  • Wake County

Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Guilford County are the state's three largest school systems.

The school closings are forcing families to make alternative childcare plans.

School districts are also arranging meals for at least some of their low-income students who'd go hungry if they were not in school. Schools are also making plans to accommodate students who have exams on May 16.