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APS may have to make up as few as 4 snow days

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APS may have to make up as few as 4 snow days

Students at Alpena Public Schools may spend as few as four extra days in school this year, despite losing 18 days of instruction due to extreme winter conditions that included snowy and icy roads and dangerously low wind chills.

The school district automatically receives six snow days a year.

Superintendent John VanWagoner told True North Radio Network Wednesday, that APS has submitted a waiver for an additional three excused days, something the state superintendent typically approves for schools.

That would leave nine unexcused days.  But a bill is currently making its ways through the legislature that would not count snow days that occurred during Governor Whitmer’s state of emergency that was issued January 29 and lasted four days, ahead of dangerous subzero temperatures.  If the bill passes APS would receive another four excused days for a total of 13, with five unexcused.

APS students attended a half-day on Good Friday, reducing the total number of days that would need to be made up to four, with today’s closure.

The last day of school for APS is currently scheduled for June 7.

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