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Board members agree May 1 schools closure best option

PITTSBORO, N.C. — During a special meeting Thursday, April 25, 2019, the Chatham County Board of Education voted unanimously to close all schools for students Wednesday, May 1, 2019. It has been designated as an optional workday for teachers. While initially manageable, the number of absences not covered by substitute teachers has steadily increased over the past two days.

“We would prefer to have a normal day of school, but we simply would not have enough personnel on hand to ensure that our classrooms are adequately staffed. The number of employees who have already requested leave for May 1 and the potential for last-minute requests due to emergencies or illnesses created a compelling need to close for students,” Board of Education Chairman Gary L. Leonard said. “That being said, we remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and continue to support our system of public education and the work of our dedicated employees.”

Because the district’s academic calendar exceeds the number of instructional hours required by North Carolina law, a make-up day for students is not required.

Published April 25, 2019