School system holds Thanksgiving break for mental health


CHAPEL HILL, N, .C. (AP) – Students in a North Carolina school system will have all Thanksgiving week to support the mental health and well-being of students and staff, the district said.

Schools in the town of Chapel Hill-Carrboro said the new days off, which also include an optional work day for teachers and two new “wellness” days, are among new initiatives approved by the board. school last week, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

In a presentation Thursday night, Superintendent Nyah Hamlett cited comments from employees, students and families as reasons for the initiatives, which also include two years of retention bonuses for most district staff.

“I cannot express how hard our students and staff are. We need help, ”said Madison Lin, student body president at Chapel Hill High School. “Our mental health is declining at an unbearable rate. “

With the changes to the calendar, Monday, November 22 is now an optional working day for teachers without students in school. The next two days are wellness days leading up to Thanksgiving, with no students or employees in schools.

Another wellness day is scheduled for Monday, February 14, 2022, the system said. A mandatory working day for teachers will now be reduced to Tuesday, February 15, 2022, according to the announcement.

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