Last week's snow amounted to a four-day unscheduled vacation for Wake County Public School students. Students went back to class Monday, but the fallout over the snow day make-up schedule is just beginning.
"It's equally frustrating for us not to be able to return our students to school," said Wake County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill. "I assure you that."
Merrill told parents and the school board that the make-up days were designed to be as convenient as possible for families while still complying with state and federal mandates.
Year-round students will make up their days on four selected Saturdays in four-hour sessions. Traditional calendar students will make up class time with full days on weekdays that cut into spring break and extend the school year. It's become a big point of contention among parents.
"I do have friends who do complain about it, who are concerned, but for me I think that it shouldn't be an issue at all," said parent Tiffany Seaberry.
The dust-up fueled one parent to create a Facebook page to sound off about the issue.
"Fairness for all 2014 Wake Schools Make-up Days" argues traditional calendar students are getting the short end of the stick by making up days during what would be vacation time.
"I would see that would be difficult especially for vacations where as Saturday mornings are easier to work around with people's schedules," said parent Stephanie Sigmon.
"They're like 'It's not fair. They need a break!' and I'm thinking to myself, well to me they got a break," said Seaberry.
Merrill did say the district will review its allowances and flexibility for make-up time as it designs next year's school calendars.