At least 200 families, many with children at East Wake Middle School, were notified from Wake County Schools that their children were absent for the entire first week of school.
Rosalyn McDougal said her rising sixth grader, Nahla, was assigned to track four of Wake's year-round program, which is scheduled to start July 30.
McDougal got a call from a guidance counselor at East Wake Middle School Thursday that Nahla was actually supposed to begin school July 9.
The school system had mistakenly labeled Nahla track four when she was actually assigned to track two.
Now Nahla, along with at least 200 other students, has missed over a week of school, and parents are venting their frustration with the school board.
"It's very discouraging knowing they spend all the time that they do meeting, that they cannot come up with something as simple as when to tell a child to report to school," McDougal said.
School system officials admit there was a mix-up. Amidst the annual scramble to balance the tracks of its year-round schools, leaders said there was a breakdown in communication.
"The schools are responsible for balancing out tracks and communicating tracks to parents. We want to make sure we're reaching out to them in multiple ways. This is one more opportunity to take a look and make sure we're reaching out appropriately," WCPSS Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer Cris Mulder said.
***** So is everyone wondering like me how in the heck did this happen??? Over 200 students, and no one noticed that they were not in school, especially when a large number attended one particular school??? The Wake County Public School System really dropped the ball and botched this one. I know the school sytem is underbudgeted and underfunded, but they need to find a way to help those 200+ students catch up on work for the one week that they have already lost. That's the least they can do...