CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Butler High School students will have to make up the day that was missing following a deadly school shooting.
A message reportedly sent to families from Principal John LeGrand that was obtained by FOX 46 Charlotte, says the school is required by law to have students make up the day.
Today, we were informed that the #NCGA is mandating our students make up this day, so instead of our last day of school being June 7, it will be June 10 for Butler students only. Don't tell me this is what is best for our students.— Elizabeth Mosley (@BethAMosley) May 8, 2019
The principal reportedly said school officials explored options which included seeking a special waiver from the NC legislature, adding 15 minutes to each day, or having the make-up day. The message says the school district was unable to ontain an additional waived day and the second option would have caused logistical issues such as transportation and meal times.
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The final option, having a make-up day on Monday, June 10 was therefore decided upon. The school says students can make up exams, and will have the option to participate in peer support training, mental health and community building programs.
The day itself, however, is not optional. CMS officials made this clear with a statement on Thursday, saying:
June 10 make-up day has designated as a school day for students in order to provide needed instructional time to meet legislative requirements, and for that reason, cannot be an optional day. Special educational programs and instruction will be offered at Butler on that day on community building, mental health supports and counseling programs. Attendance on June 10 will be recorded as on any school day.
For students, this means that final exams will begin on Monday, June 3, and June 10 will be the final day of classes, not June 7. May 31 will now be an instructional school day.
"There is no doubt that this year has been challenging for our community and all of us. We have all worked hard to bring light out of a dark time for the sake of our students. Our school and those around us have been #butlerstrong and I am confident that we will close this school year stronger than ever," the message reportedly says.
To see the original Butler High School calendar, click here.
The suspect in the shooting, Jatwan Cuffie, is scheduled to be in court Thursday. Right now, Cuffie is out of jail and under house arrested. He spent about four months in the county jail before a judge granted him bond, allowing him to go home.
Statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released on Thursday:
"The students, families and staff of Butler High School continue to heal and inspire strength by example in the wake of tragedy this school year. The June 10 makeup day at Butler is offered to guarantee that instructional time required by NC law is available so that Butler students can graduate on time and matriculate to higher grade levels. Multiple options were explored to attain this outcome.
No option was available for CMS to waive the day because the district has waived the maximum number of days possible this school year. An option to add instructional time into the Butler daily school schedule was not possible due to logistical concerns including transportation, food service and unknown impacts on family, student and staff normal schedules for work and other outside commitments.
An option for waiving a day of instruction through legislative action was informally explored but deemed not possible to guarantee within the time frame available. No formal legislation was introduced into the NCGA."
This story has been corrected to reflect that the district was unable to obtain an additional waived day.