The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 7, 2014

BOE requires students attend class on Good Friday

By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor

Thursday, March 6, 2014 — Students will attend school part of Good Friday as one of its makeup days for inclement weather.

Stanly County Schools Board of Education unanimously decided at its Tuesday night meeting to waive one of the remaining makeup days while requiring students to attend class on Good Friday, or April 18, with a dismissal by 11:30 a.m. It is also the last day of classes before spring break.

Good Friday was originally slated as a holiday with no school scheduled.

Instead of the holiday, school leaders considered making students attend class again on April 12. At the recommendation of Superintendent Terry Griffin, the school board opted for the holiday.

“Most folks said they could live with a half day than going on Saturday,” said Griffin, referring to feedback from parents.

She considered recommending Memorial Day as another possible makeup day.

“That was off the table pretty quickly,” Griffin said.

“It is a special day. Families have plans.”

Griffin said she was hesitant to recommend Saturday classes during March.

Inclement weather has forced local students to miss five days, including a three-day stretch (Feb. 12-14) for the recent winter storm.

Students made up the Feb. 12 missed day by going to school on Feb. 22, a Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The system experienced a 78 percent attendance ratio on that day, Griffin said.

Schools were also closed Jan. 28-29 for inclement weather. Traditional calendar students made up Jan. 28 by going to school on Feb. 17. March 31 is slated to make up Jan. 29.

Stanly Early College students will make up those missed days on March 14 and March 28, respectively.

The Department of Instruction gives school districts the option of attending a calendar year of a minimum of 1,025 hours or 185 days. Stanly County operates under the hours option. Because of that option, the system has more flexibility with make-up days, thus the decision to waive a day.

Stanly is on pace to complete 1,080 hours, Griffin said.

Of the recent missed days, Early College students only needed to make up Feb. 13. Early College students log more hours than traditional students. They attend class 1,166 hours per school year.

The waived day eliminates the need for Early College to make up its remaining day.

Should Stanly County undergo another round of inclement weather, school leaders would again need to address the class calendar.

Gov. Pat McCrory recently said he would seek legislative action to reduce the number of makeup days required for the school year as a result of inclement weather. However, there has been no action as of yet.

Also, it was announced at the school board meeting that an intruder drill will be conducted at Albemarle High School at 3 p.m. March 14. Albemarle police and the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the drill.

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email