Yancey Schools Planning Graduation
The weather last week forced Yancey County Schools to hold its first Saturday School of the 2013-14 school year this past Saturday, March 29.
By making up time Saturday, the last scheduled day for students is June 17th. By adding 15 minutes to the end of each day beginning on March 17th through the remainder of this school year, YCS will bank enough hours to forgive 2 ½ days.
The current plan is to use the 2 ½ days to move the last day of school for students back to Friday, June 13th. The School system will wait until about mid-April to set a firm graduation date and hopes tohave graduation on Saturday, June 14th.
North Carolina General Statute defines the last day of school as the Friday closest to June 11th which this year is June 13th. YCS, as other mountain counties, has a waiver that allows the Board to go past June 11th because of inclement weather. By adding the extra 15 minutes, going to Saturday School, and amending the calendar with teacher workdays, YCS has taken these steps to meet the state’s requirement of instructional hours but still reach the goal of June 13th as the last student day while still keeping our Spring Break.
However, with three weeks or more of possible bad weather anything could still happen including moving the last day of school and graduation later into June.