CMS reverses decision to have teachers use personal days for weather closings

- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has announced that it is no longer enacting a policy that required school teachers to take personal time, take unpaid leave or suffer a pay deduction for each day that they were not working due to Florence. 

After discussion with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education leadership, a review by the Board’s General Counsel, and based on the superintendent's decision, CMS is now waiving Sept. 13, 14 and 17 as work days for staff.

"They need to be compensated for having to take a day off just like any one of us. We would love to get paid. Especially for what they deal with, our children on a daily basis," said parent, Catherine Otero.

They are also waiving these three days for students, which means they will not have to make them up at the end of the year. 

The decision comes after many saw parents and CMS employees on social media, frustrated that teachers either had to use their time off, take the days the school was closed as unpaid, or deduct the work days from their paycheck if they did not have sufficient vacation days to cover the  days schools were closed.

Teachers will now be paid for these days, and students will not have to make them up at the end of the school year.

CMS leaders say the superintendent is only allowed to waive 4 days per year for severe weather.

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