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Bill to forgive more snow days for schools OK’d by House

Submitted by on April 18, 2019 – 12:38 amNo Comment

Michigan school districts would not have to make up snow days that occur during state-declared emergencies under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

The House approved the measure on a 101-7 vote Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The legislation is intended to address the high number of canceled schools days. However, few if any educators are talking about the large number of instruction days some kids would lose.

State law forgives districts from making up six days canceled for emergencies, and schools can get a waiver for three additional days. Legislators say the wintry weather has been so extreme the law should be loosened.

The five-day period from January 28 through February 1, when an arctic deep freeze shut down many normal activities, including school, would be forgiven statewide under the terms in the bill.

Students at Alpena Public Schools have missed 19 days of instruction this winter. After the two waivers, including the one that is pending, kids would have to make up only 5 days. But because students will attend classes for a half-day on Good Friday, the total number of days to be made up would be reduced to four.