The Wayne County Public Schools announced they will close on May 16 due to the March for Teachers and Rally for Respect rally.
WCPS Superintendent, Dr. Michael Dunsmore, said that day will be a teacher workday for staff.
“In advance of the May 16 “March for Teachers and Rally for Respect” event in Raleigh, our human resources department spent the past several days closely monitoring local leave requests,” Dunsmore said. “As of Thursday morning, we had surpassed three hundred leave requests from teachers and classified employees, with that number continuing to climb by the hour.”
Dusnmore said they expect a high number of teacher absences.
“We simply cannot bring students to school without having adequate staff in place to ensure student safety and supervision,” said Dunsmore. “We hope that the citizens of Wayne County understand that this decision was not reached lightly.”
Dunsmore also explained that all Board members were in support of the teachers, except for one Board member who was not in favor of the closure or the rally scheduled on a school day.
“Wayne County Public Schools supports its teachers, and strives to have the best and the brightest at the head of each classroom,” said Dunsmore. “While this closure will cost the district a day of valuable instructional time, I believe those teachers and staff members who requested leave have weighed these costs against the potential outcomes they hope to achieve for all North Carolina public schools by standing in solidarity with their colleagues from across the state on May 16.”