Guilford County schools will remain open May 16, even as many of its teachers will trade classrooms for a pro-educator rally in Raleigh

Jessie Pounds, Greensboro News & Record

So far, class is still on for May 16 — the day a teacher group is expecting hundreds to thousands of Guilford County educators will go to Raleigh to rally with colleagues from across North Carolina.

For now, Superintendent Sharon Contreras said officials with Guilford County Schools are focused on staying open and keeping students in school that day, rather than considering whether to close as some other school systems are doing.

Todd Warren, the president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, guessed that about 1,200 to 1,300 local school employees will be going to Raleigh. He said that is based on counts from the association’s representatives in the various schools and a survey being run by state organizers on their website.

Guilford County Schools officials said they haven’t fully verified the number of time-off requests so far. However, they said the school system has 1,000 substitutes available, and the central office staff also could fill in if needed. The school system has almost 10,000 employees, with teachers making up nearly half that total.

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