It looks like Wake County students won't have to be in school for an additional 10 minutes a day this fall.
The state Board of Education agreed today on a process that will allow school districts to get a waiver from adding the additional five days of instruction for the 2011-12 school year. School districts would have to show how they're using those five days as teacher workdays to enhance student achievement.
Perhaps just as importantly for Wake parents, attorneys for the state Board said districts couldn't be required to add in the additional 25 hours of instruction to get waivers. They said district either had to have 185 days and 1,025 hours or waivers had to be granted for both.
Wake school officials said this week that they'd only extend the day if it was necessary to get the waiver.
The state Board will vote on waiver requests on July 7 so Wake should get a answer before year-round schools start July 11.
State board members warned that they'll be flexible this year with waivers because of the short time notice for the 2011-12 school year. They warned that might not be the case next year. But in Wake at least, Supt Tony Tata said they plan to revise the 2012-13 calendars to get in the additional days and hours.