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Brunswick County Schools announces May 1 closure on day of teacher’s protest, optional staff workday

Brunswick County Schools announced Thursday classes will be closed to students on May 1 because of an abundance of teachers requesting time off. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)
Brunswick County Schools announced Thursday classes will be closed to students on May 1 because of an abundance of teachers requesting time off. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Schools)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — With requests for time-off brewing in concert with a planned teacher strike in Raleigh, Brunswick County Schools announced plans to cancel classes on May 1.

All Brunswick County Schools will be closed to students that day.

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However, teachers have the option to use May 1 as an optional teacher workday.

In a release Thursday afternoon, Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Daniel Seamans attributed the decision to the high number of teachers who already requested leave.

Brunswick County Schools was becoming unable to provide substitutes to make up for the teachers who submitted leave requests in order to maintain regular school operations.

“While we fully support teacher rights, Brunswick County was impacted by Hurricane Florence far greater than many of the school systems across the state who have educators taking part in the events,” Seamans said in the release.

May 1 will be Bolivia Elementary School’s 20th, and Town Creek Elementary’s 23rd missed instructional day, according to the release.

Certified staff members, which includes principles, teachers, counselors, and more, may choose to take the day off without pay. These individuals can also report to work or request in advance to take eligible personal leave without deduction.

Non-certified staff members — teachers’ assistants and support staff — must follow the same guidelines. Bus drivers should not report to work.


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