CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- Local parents are sounding off over a decision to hold school on a Saturday to make up for winter weather earlier this week.
In Cabarrus, parents say they were told just Thursday.
“We have a test tomorrow. I don’t really want to do the test,” sixth grader Nicole Pomnitz said on Friday night, a school night.
Parents began sounding off on the district’s Facebook page as soon as the announcement was made. The lack of notice fueled their frustrations.
"My only problem with Saturday is the lake of noitice. They should give us some notice so that schedules can be adjusted," Melissa Rosa Vargas wrote to the school. "Do the busses run on Saturday make-up?"
“We chose make-up days for this Saturday to give us – to protect some future days, in case we have additional bad weather we have to make time for,” Ronnye Boone of Cabarrus County Schools said.
Officials say it’s also about protecting spring break, as well as hourly wage earners, who rely on a 40-hour workweek.
Parents NBC Charlotte spoke to weren’t as angry as some of the parents seemed to be on the school’s Facebook page.
“I was frustrated that they were going to. Then they said the second day, they wouldn’t have to make up. They just have to make up one. So I was like, ‘That’s fair,’” Jane Pomnitz, a parent, said. “I’m okay with it. We got a little cabin fever, with her being home. Send them out,” she added laughing.
“I’m giving them an option, and they have decided to go. They don’t want to miss a lot of stuff,” Lisa Aghjdam said.
Schools in Watauga and Lincoln counties are also in session Saturday.