STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – Iredell-Statesville Schools has announced it will have class May 1st when a teacher rally is planned in Raleigh.
School districts including Mooresville-Graded and CMS have canceled classes that day. The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education issued the following statement concerning its decision to keep schools open May 1st:
“The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education would like to make the community aware of an upcoming date. The North Carolina Association of Educators has decided to hold a rally in Raleigh on May 1st to address a list of its concerns with the General Assembly.
“This statement is not the place to discuss the list of issues being brought forward.
“We as a Board of Education support every citizen’s First Amendment right to petition his or her government. This right is a founding tenant of our Constitution that the Board fully supports.
“We as a Board of Education will grant teachers the day off from work to attend the rally, if properly requested according to school system policy, provided that adequate coverage is available for their classrooms. Our primary responsibility is the education of our students.
“The Board of Education has no plans to close school on May 1st because May is a critical month to prepare students for end of grade tests. Closing school during this key time for our students is inappropriate.
“Working parents depend on the system’s published school calendar to make their childcare arrangements during school holidays and work days. However, the Superintendent is sometimes forced by weather and other natural events to cancel school for the safety of students and staff, which burdens families to make last minute arrangements.
“Closing school for a rally, regardless of the message being delivered, will cause an unnecessary hardship for working parents.
“We stand behind our teachers and the work they are doing every day in classrooms to educate our children. We trust they will be there on May 1st to continue their excellent work in educating our students if no well-qualified substitute is available.”