Wake County Schools to close May 1 for Educators Day of Action march and rally

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County Schools will close May 1 as teachers across the state plan another march, the district confirmed. 

Wake County said close to 2,000 teachers time off to participate in the rally with more requests expected. 

“This decision is not made lightly. We know that this schedule change puts a burden on families. We also know that our teachers are not taking the day off,” Wake School Board Chair Jim Martin said. 

Wake joins other systems such as Orange, Durham, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools in closing.

May 1 is the Educators 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.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson has requested that teachers move the rally to another day so that children don’t have to miss school.

Wake County is the state’s largest school district with 160,471 students for the 2018-19 school year. The district employs more than 10,400 teachers. 

May 1 will be an optional teacher workday and students will not be required to make it up. 

CBS 17 will update this story. 

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