WCPS to take 'Wellness Day'

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GOLDSBORO – Wayne County students will enjoy a four-day weekend in mid-November.

The Wayne County Board of Education amended its 2021-22 academic calendars to add a “Wellness Day” on Nov. 12. All WCPS students and staff will be given the day off to have an extended weekend.

“While last school year was extremely difficult for students and staff, the 2021-22 school year has also brought with it many unforeseen challenges,” said David Lewis, WCPS superintendent. “For instance, staffing shortages caused by staff members retiring, leaving the field or simply being absent to COVID-19 related exclusions are having a tremendous impact on our schools and the district.

“In addition to staff picking up added school or departmental duties, for the first time we are experiencing a substitute teacher shortage which is resulting in teachers having to cover other classrooms during their planning periods on a regular basis.”

The BOE followed the “Wellness Day” initiative taken by fellow North Carolina school districts and systems nationwide. The day occurs after the Veterans Day (Nov. 11) holiday and carries over into the subsequent weekend.

“Staff and students will be able to enjoy a four-day break to refresh themselves prior to testing and the many other end-of-semester activities that will be ramping up later in November and December,” Lewis said.

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