DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham Public Schools will be closed on May 1 after more than 550 teachers requested the day off, according to a press release from the district.
May 1 is the Educator’s Day of Action when teachers across the state are expected to rally in downtown Raleigh. This will be the second year in a row that teachers will hold a march and rally downtown.
According to a release from the school district, 568 teachers put in for leave on May 1, which is around one-quarter of the district’s entire teaching staff.
On a typical day in May, Durham Public Schools has 213 teachers absent, according to the release.
Wednesday, May 1, will now be an optional teacher workday.
There is no make-up date for the missed class time. May 1 would have been an early release date and the district has two remaining days of “banked” time, according to the release.
Thirteen schools will provide meal services on May 1 by extending the district’s summer feeding program.
The schools that will provide meals on May 1 are as follows:
· Bethesda Elementary
· Club Blvd. Elementary
· Eastway Elementary
· Eno Valley Elementary
· Githens Middle
· Glenn Elementary
· R.N. Harris Elementary
· Hillandale Elementary
· Lakewood Montessori Middle
· Sandy Ridge Elementary
· Shepard Elementary
· Southwest Elementary
· Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
All meals will be free for students and nutrition services staff will be at the schools to prepare and serve the meals, the release says.
Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and will include a muffin, Nutri-Grain bar, fruit juice, and milk.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include a turkey and cheese or ham and cheese sandwich, chips, fruit juice, fruit cup, baby carrots, Rice Krispie treat, and milk.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced on April 4 that they would not be open on May 1 due to the Educator’s Day of Action.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson has requested that teachers move the rally to another day so that children don’t have to miss school.
Other than Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham Public Schools, no other school districts in central North Carolina have announced that they will be closed on May 1.