NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A pair of middle school students in the New Hanover County School District is petitioning against the district's policy concerning make-up days.
Students missed over a week of classes after multiple winter storms this winter. The New Hanover County School Board approved a make-up day plan for students that states students will begin school 15 minutes earlier, and stay at school 15 minutes later each day in the month of March.
Connor and Robbie Schlaline are twin eighth graders at Murray Middle School. The brothers created an online petition against the school board's policy.
The petition is specifically addressed to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, but the brothers said they hope the school board takes note of their petition as well.
The brothers feel that time would be better made up through additional full class days rather than the simple extension of days in March.
"I definitely think we'd learn more if it was school on a Saturday because that way we have a whole class period devoted to it instead of five minutes chopped in to the end of class," said Connor Schlaline.
The brothers hope the petition will make the school board reconsider this make-up day policy.
"It doesn't only affect the students. It affects the families, the teachers, the faculty, the staff," said Connor Schlaline. "I'd rather have one Saturday or one day at the end of the year, or one day out of Spring Break, instead of the whole month of March being torture," Schlaline explained.
The brothers received close to 90 signatures of support in one day of the petition being live online. The policy will take effect this coming week.