WS/FCS to Close for Students on May 1, 2019
April 10, 2019 - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will close schools for students on May 1, 2019. All employees are expected to either take approved leave or work on that day. At the request of the Forsyth County Association of Educators (FCAE) and teachers interested in participating in a scheduled rally in Raleigh on that day, the WS/FCS Board of Education amended its regular agenda during Tuesday’s meeting and approved making the day an optional teacher workday with a 7 - 2 vote. WS/FCS staff has continued monitoring staff absence requests, and to date that number stands at roughly 500 staff members requesting time off. That number, along with the consideration of student and staff safety, deliberation of ways to serve students and maintain work time for hourly employees, played a role in the board’s decision to close for students that day.
May 1 will become an optional workday for all school personnel. Central offices will remain open and will operate on a regular schedule.
As a result of this announcement:
- Middle School Athletics – will be rescheduled.
- High School Athletics – will happen as originally scheduled.
- Lunch Service – will be offered at sites yet to be announced.
- Graduation Dates and Times – will not be impacted by this decision.
- Hourly Employees – should report to work as scheduled or take leave.
Dr. Simington is recommending to the WS/FCS Board of Education that a make-up day not be added to the end of the year since the district will still exceed the state minimum requirement of 1,025 instructional hours. If approved at the April 30, 2019, meeting, the last day for students would remain June 11.