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Orange, Nash counties to close school May 16 for teacher rally

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Orange County Schools and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools joined the list of school systems closing to students on May 16, according to announcements made Monday evening.

OCS said more than 40 percent of its teachers had already requested off that day, which is when teachers across the state are convening on Raleigh to rally for increased education funding.

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The day will be an optional teacher workday, according to OCS. "Currently, the number of OCS teachers that have requested leave for May 16th exceeds the number of substitute teachers that the district has in its substitute pool," it wrote in an online statement.

The day will not be made up. The statement said that testing and other events will be handled by individual schools. It also said options are being researched to "provide meals for students the day before the teacher workday."

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools unanimously voted to also make May 16 an optional teacher workday, according to a news release Monday night. "Our school district anticipates mass teacher absences," it read.

It added that June 11 "will become the last day of school for students" in Nash County.

EARLIER: Wake County to close schools on May 16 due to teacher rally

EARLIER: Durham school leaders decide to close May 16 due to teacher protest

Durham Public Schools closed after having more than 1,000 teachers request off. Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools also announced last week it would close to students. Wake County made the same announcement earlier on Monday.

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