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The Mooresville Graded School District is cancelling school on May 1 in anticipation of the state rally for educators.

There will be no school for students and the day is now designated as an optional workday. Because of this change, May 8 will be a full instructional day following a regular schedule. This was originally designated as an early release day.

MGSD has closely monitored the number of teachers who have requested to take a personal leave day to attend the rally, a release from the district stated. As of Friday morning, the district has approximately 110 staff requesting leave which is more than 25 percent of the instructional staff, and as a result, there are not enough substitute teachers and other staff to safely supervise and effectively instruct students during the school day, the release continued.

“MGSD realizes this is a busy time in the school year, and we understand the burden school schedule changes can create for our families. We want our families to know that we have put much thought and consideration into this decision. Our teachers are not just taking the day off but advocating for public education, including our children,” a statement in the release read.

If parents utilize Before and After School Program (BASP), care will be available; however, slots are limited so reservations will be required.

For more information, contact 704-658-2530.

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