On Tuesday, October 19, the Wake County Board of Education announced that November 12, 2021 is a non-instructional workday.
Veterans day — November 11 — is always a scheduled day off for Wake County, meaning the original calendar had a four day work week and a two day weekend. Scheduling November 12 as a remote learning day gives students and teachers a four day weekend.
This “remote work day” is most comparable to “asynchronous” days that took place regularly in the 2020-2021 school year. The county stated that November 12 requires teachers to work from home, and students to have a non-instructional day.
The purpose of this change was to provide an “extended Veteran’s Day break for those honoring our military families and a chance for employees to use a remote workday to reflect [and] prepare for the rest of the semester,” as stated by Tamani Anderson Powell.
Powell is in charge of the Wake County’s calendar committee, and she presented this change to the school board. The Board of Education passed this calendar alteration unanoisumly.
During this discussion, reasons for supporting the calendar change were teacher vacancies, covering those vacancies, giving staff a moment to reflect and plan, and allowing students to have more time with their families.
It seems that the Covid-19 pandemic has provided more leniency and empathy for students and teachers in Wake County schools, considering what they have been through in the past year and a half.
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