Yesterday’s announcement that Guilford County Schools will close on May 16 due to the teachers rally in Raleigh leaves Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools as the largest school system hold classes as usual:

As of Friday afternoon, 250 absences have been requested ahead of time for May 16, but it’s unclear how many of these are for the rally and how many are for unrelated reasons, said Matt Dixson, chief human resources officer for WS/FCS.

Both Campbell and Dixson said on average there are anywhere from 450 to 475 absences per day throughout the district of more than 7,000 employees — more than 4,000 of those being teachers.

“(We) do not have information to suggest that day is going to be different from any other in terms of absences,” Campbell said.