School Districts Looking At Making Up Snow Days

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email
At this rate many schools won

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ST. JOHNS (WILX)-- After another snow day, students are back in the classrooms trying to catch-up on the work they're quickly falling behind on. At this rate many schools won't be out for summer until the middle of June.

School Districts like St. Johns have already addressed the problem, giving June 11th as their tentative ending date.

Districts in Bath Township, Dewitt, and Charlotte are still waiting to set a definitive last day.

Most districts have used up their limit of six given snow days, and are looking at staying in school until June 10th or longer.

Charlotte School District is looking at possibly having a half-day on June 16th.

Not all districts are wrestling with the snow day situation. Some districts like Lansing and East Lansing have only used six snow days so far.

Regardless of district, each school is required to provide 170 days or 1,089 hours. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan has no intent to make changes.

"There's a chance for me to give a waiver I guess. I don't plan to do that. How are we going to compete with Finland, Korea and all these others if they are in school 220 days and we're only in 160," said Flanagan.

Lawmakers are looking at allowing districts to add minutes or hours to the remainder of the school year instead of days. It's not a popular idea though. Flanagan says for educational purposes it would defeat the point.

"They're going to look at the clock and see that they only have a few more minutes to go. It doesn't work."

To avoid situations like this in the future the key might be to plan ahead expecting the worst.

"You build in more days and then if you don't use them you can close early. It's the opposite way of thinking about it."

Not all districts are wrestling with the snow day situation. Some districts like Lansing and East Lansing have only used six snow days so far.


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