WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Leaders with Pender County Schools have determined they will remain open on May 1, 2019 as many teachers are expected to gather in Raleigh for the NC Association of Educators demonstration.
The decision was reached Thursday night at a special Board of Education meeting. School officials reached out to teachers last week to request each school delegate two staff members to attend the rally to minimize absences and prevent lost instructional time.
Students in Pender County have missed as many as 30 days of class this year, due to Hurricane Florence.
According to a press release, 80 teachers from the school district have submitted requests to be out of the classroom. Substitute teachers will be used to fill the vacancies.
“We understand the reasons behind the May 1 march, and fully support our teachers’ right to express their opinion and advocate for positive change in the education system,” Pender County Schools superintendent Dr. Steven Hill said.
New Hanover County and Brunswick County have both announced they will be closed for students on May 1. Last year’s event closed more than 40 school systems and drew 19,000 people.