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Watauga Schools cut spring break short



Article Published: Mar. 26, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 26, 2013
Watauga Schools cut spring break short

Watauga County Schools superintendent Dr. David Kafitz said the decision to shorten spring break was made reluctantly, but that it was the best available option for meeting state school calendar requirements.

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As winter weather and school closings continue deep into March, Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, have been changed to regular Watauga County school days instead of being part of spring break as originally planned.

The remaining dates for spring break are April 1 to 3, and these dates will not change.

Watauga County Schools superintendent Dr. David Kafitz noted that the decision to shorten spring break was made reluctantly, but that it was the best available option for meeting state school calendar requirements and that the possibility of this change is part of the makeup plan that has been in place for the current school year.

Principals will have additional discretion in granting excused absences for students who are absent on April 4 to 5 due to prior commitments. Parents will still need to send a note explaining the reasons a student is not present on these dates.

The changes to the school calendar are being communicated to parents by the school system’s automated phone messaging system, by letters being sent home with students, by email notification for parents who have activated that service, through the school calendar information posted on the WCS website and by notification to local news media.

According to WCS, schools in local system have been closed a total of 18 days this year for snow and ice, and most of those days will be made up by extending the school year, with the last day of school being set for June 11, as of March 26. The last day for students could be pushed back again in the event of additional school closings for winter weather.

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