CMS designates May 1 optional teacher workday ahead of Teacher's Rally in Raleigh

FILE. Raleigh, North Carolina

It will be an optional teacher workday on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 ahead of the Teacher's Rally in Raleigh. According to CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, student attendance has also been waived. 

Dr. Wilcox said no make-up day is needed or will be scheduled for May 1. These two decisions were made in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.

Wilcox said in a written statement released on Thursday, “the powerful voices of educators change student lives every day in classrooms across our community. Together, their collective voice will change communities across our state on May 1 as they advocate for investments in public education that matter most to our students and their futures.”

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Wilcox said he recognizes the decision will have impact on employees, families and the community.

“About 3,000 CMS employees including bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodial staff are paid an hourly rate. Closing schools is no small matter and we are all mindful of these impacts to our dedicated employees,” he said in a written statement. 

Closing schools also affects working parents, he said, and the district will also seek to lighten the impact on them. “CMS will be working to ease the burden of a closed-school day,” he said. “We may not be able to fulfill all needs, but we will do our best in this community to collaborate and coordinate with area partners to support our families.”

Events impacted by May 1, 2019 Rally in Raleigh: 

CMS employees

  • CMS employees will be provided detailed guidance from CMS HR.

ASEP

  • After School Enrichment Programs (ASEP) at all CMS schools are canceled for May 1.

Field trips

  • Parents, families and students should check on the status of field trips scheduled for May 1 with their designated school and field trip leaders. Decisions on field trip cancellations or for plans to remain in place will be based on availability of staff for supervision and safety.

Testing

  • All classroom tests will be re-scheduled. No AP or IB tests are scheduled for May 1.

Athletics

High school athletic events will take place as scheduled on May 1, including:

  • Baseball - conference tournaments
  • Softball - conference tournaments
  • Women’s soccer - full slate of regular season matches
  • Track & field - conference tournaments
  • Men’s tennis - first round of NCHSAA play-offs
  • Lacrosse - first round of NCHSAA play-offs

Middle school athletic events are canceled for May 1 and will be rescheduled to Monday, May 13, including baseball and boys and girls soccer, CMS said.