For Immediate Release: April 9, 2019
Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Guilford County Schools Will Close May 1
Board of Education takes action at tonight’s meeting
Greensboro, N.C. – Citing an overwhelming number of requests for leave by teachers, school nutrition workers and bus drivers, the Board of Education voted tonight to close the district for GCS students on May 1.
May 1 will become an optional teacher workday, and June 11 will become a student day, for schools on the traditional academic calendar. The full list of make-up days is as follows:
Traditional Academic Calendar
Middle College and Academies
STEM/Middle College at A&T/Bennett
Greensboro College Middle College
Early College at Guilford
Middle College at UNCG
GCS joins a number of districts that will close for students that day, when educators across the state will convene in Raleigh to request change from state legislators on education issues. A similar event took place on May 16, 2018.
As of Monday, more than 1,000 teachers had requested to take leave on May 1. A few hundred classified staff also requested the day off. The board chose to make a decision tonight in order to allow parents enough time to make arrangements for childcare. Central offices will remain open.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com<www.gcsnc.com>.
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