STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – Iredell-Statesville Schools will hold a virtual instruction day May 1 when a support education event is planned in Raleigh.
The Board of Education voted 4-3 against having a regular school day, then decided to implement a virtual instruction day. Bill Howell was the swing vote. Ken Poindexter and Todd Carver dissented both times.
Students will have three days to complete their assignments to be counted present. Teachers will have an optional workday requiring them to report to campus or use vacation time.
More than 250 teachers had asked for the day off before Thursday’s meeting. Substitutes were not available for roughly half of those requests.
Iredell-Statesville Schools streamed Thursday’s meeting via Facebook Live:
“Due to the number of unfilled substitute positions for May 1, as well as a deficit of approximately 70 bus drivers for May 1, I have advised the board that holding school on May 1 may be unsafe” said Superintendent Brady Johnson in a statement.
Board member Todd Carver tells WSIC that older students will complete their work online, while younger students will receive printed work.
“What people are wanting to go and talk about is irrelevant,” says Carver who voted against Thursday’s schedule change. “Our job is to run the schools safely and to educate children; and, in my opinion, we’re going to fall short on May the 1st.”
Parents will receive additional information regarding the virtual instruction day.