CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to make Nov. 1 a teacher workday at its Oct. 26 meeting.
In a news release, Superintendent Earnest Winston also said that he would add three half-days to the 2021-2022 school calendar, making Nov. 17, Feb. 9 and March 30 half-days for students. The intention is to give back some planning time to many teachers who are stretched thin with high absenteeism among colleagues and a substitute shortage. The changes will also allow additional time for new state-mandated professional development.
“Our teachers and school staff have stepped up to keep students engaged and learning even when their teachers are sick and there are no substitutes,” said Elyse Dashew, Board chair. “We are so grateful for their flexibility and strength in challenging circumstances, and we hope this will give them some breathing room.”
After School Enrichment Programs will be open to serve families Nov. 1. Teacher assistants and other nine-month staff such as bus drivers and child nutrition workers will work that day unless they take annual leave.