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Franklin County cancels May 1 classes

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LOUISBURG — Franklin County Schools will not hold classes on May 1 while teachers across the state gather in Raleigh to rally, the district announced Monday.

A growing number of school districts have said they have no choice but to close because too many teachers have asked for the day off. Last week, Wake County Public School System announced it would not hold classes on the day of the protest.

“We have been actively monitoring the number of anticipated teacher and support staff absences on this date, and have reached a point at which scheduled absences of teachers and support staff will not allow us to safely and effectively operate that day,” Franklin County Schools said in a statement on their website.

A spokeswoman for the district, Michelle Fiscus, did not respond to questions about how many teachers asked for the day off.

May 1 is now an optional teacher work day. A make-up day will not be needed. All school activities are canceled for that day.

State educators are planning to protest outside the General Assembly in Raleigh to ask for pay raises for school employees, the hiring of more counselors and nurses, and for the state to expand Medicaid.

Critics of the protest, organized by the N.C. Association of Educators, have questioned why the event was scheduled on a school day.