For Ocracoke School, calendar flexibility, employee pay in new legislation

Published 5:55 am Saturday, November 2, 2019

Legislation signed by Governor Roy Cooper grants calendar flexibility and employee pay for Ocracoke School.

Senate Bill 312 was signed Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Said Cooper, “The people of Ocracoke are working hard to recover, and we’re committed to getting them and other storm survivors the help they need. As we work to provide WiFi and other resources to Ocracoke School, SB 312 is an important step to get the school back on track.”

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The Hyde County School Board can now decide in its discretion how to make up instructional time lost as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

Under the legislation, the school board may make up any number of instructional days or equivalent hours missed; or deem completed any number of instructional days or equivalent hours missed up to a total of 20 days; or implement any combination of both.

As to compensation, employees of the local school district where a school was closed for more than 18 days due to Hurricane Dorian, are deemed to have been employed for any scheduled instructional time missed due to Dorian during September and October 2019 that are not made up under the flexible calendar choices. “Employees shall be compensated in the same manner as they would have been had they worked on the scheduled instructional days missed,” states the legislation.