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March 14, 2013

Snow Dates Add Extra Week to School Calendar



These two youngsters took advantage of a recent snow day to get in some sledding at Lake Show-Me.


While spring break is still intact for the Scotland County R-I School District, students will have to push back plans for summer vacation at least a week courtesy to the accumulation of snow days during the 2012-13 school year.

"A qualifying district is required to make up the six scheduled make-up days, plus half of the additional days lost, up to a total of 10 make-up days," said SCR-I Superintendent Dave Shalley.

SCR-I will be making up seven of its eight snow days under the state guidelines. One day has already been made up, with class being held on the previously scheduled Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21st. That made up for the first snow day, which fell on the last day of the first semester, heading into Christmas break.

The district missed one school day in January due to the weather. That day will be made up this Friday, March 15th. That had been a scheduled day off for parent teacher conferences. The district will instead be in session, but will have an early out at 1:05 p.m.

The last day of school had been scheduled for May 16th. But due to six snow days during the month of February, the district will now hold classes on May 17th and May 20th-23rd.

Shalley indicated school districts are required to be in session 174 days.

Under the state guidelines, SCR-I will make up seven of the eight school days missed due to weather. If winter weather returns, the district could theoretically be adding up to three additional dates to the calendar before reaching the maximum of 10 makeup days.


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