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CHARLOTTE -- Thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students enjoyed the snow while off from school Wednesday to Friday.

But now that time off must be made up.

As the snow began to melt Friday in Charlotte, slushy decisions now rest with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders concerning how and when to make up this week's snow days.

"It's a no win situation that we're in right now," said McCray.

CMS board chair Mary McCray said the district has two undesirable options on the table: weekend class or cutting into spring break in April.

"If we want to make it up on a Saturday, there's going to be some parents who don't like that. There's going to be some parents that say 'Wow, spring break? We've already had our plans,'" said McCray.

CMS parents now anxiously await to see what is decided.

"It's definitely putting a wrinkle in the plans, but again you kind of have to go with the flow," said parent Terri Goldstein.

"I feel like they should add the snow days onto the end of the year because a lot of us have made spring break plans that we can't change," said parent Amy Barber.

However, there could be another option to deal with the snow days.

"Flexibility is all that we ask for," said McCray.

On Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory said he's looking into legal alternatives for districts impacted the most by winter weather.

As it stands now, state law says snow days can't be forgiven and must be made up but also that the school year can't go beyond June 13.

"We're reviewing all of our options, and we hope to have some announcements in the early weeks. I want to make sure I get feedback from all education officials regarding what flexibility should be given to counties that have been impacted," said Gov. McCrory.

McCray said she expects the CMS school board will discuss makeup day options at meetings later this month and should make a final decision within the next month.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had five full days of closings because of winter weather since the new year.

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