Wayne County schools to close for May 1 teacher march in Raleigh

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Wayne County schools announced Sunday that classes would be canceled May 1 when a teacher march is planned in Raleigh.

“Due to the high number of teacher and staff absences, Wayne County Public Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, May 1,” a news release Sunday said.

The day will be a teacher workday for staff, according to the news release.

“The district administration has spent the past several days closely monitoring leave requests in advance of the teacher rally planned for May 1 in Raleigh,” officials said.

Officials said absence requests were made by teachers, instructional assistants, cafeteria workers, and other support staff.

“Because we lack the number of substitute teachers and support staff needed to provide coverage, these absences will hinder our ability to deliver education services, provide adequate supervision, and ultimately ensure student safety,” Dr. Michael Dunsmore, superintendent, said in the news release.

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