IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — Iredell-Statesville schools say they will hold a ‘virtual student day’ on May 1, the day many teachers are planning to head to Raleigh to rally for better pay and working conditions.
On Thursday, April 18, the district announced that at an emergency meeting, the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education voted four to three against keeping May 1 as a regular school day. They then decided to make it a ‘virtual school day.’
This means students will have three days to complete assigned work at home to be counted present for the day, and it will be an optional work day for teachers.
“Due to the number of unfilled substitute positions for May 1, as well as a deficit of approximately 70 bus drivers for May 1, I have advised the board that holding school on May 1 may be unsafe. As a result, May 1 will be a virtual workday for students, allowing them to complete academic assignments from home.” “Since this is the first time that we will implement a virtual day, we will look for feedback from our students, families and teachers. We are hopeful that virtual days will also be a good option when we have inclement weather in the winter months.”
Parents will receive more information on the school day soon.