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Senate OKs bill to help schools with snow days

on March 20, 2014 10:35 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg. The state Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the state House of Representatives.

The sponsor, Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, said the bill would help school districts avoid extending the school year deep into June to make up for school cancellations and delays during Pennsylvania’s severe winter.

Under the bill, districts could lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis, rather than a daily basis. Also, the bill would let districts hold classes on one Saturday each month.

Corman said the bill mirrors legislation passed in 1996 after severe flooding.

School administrators in Indiana County are not dealing with the number of snow days that some other schools in Pennsylvania are. Oftentimes, local schools were able to get away with a two-hour delay this winter rather than canceling classes outright. These delays do not need to be made up.

Most, if not all, schools locally will still finish during the first week of June. With fewer snow days to contend with this winter, the Indiana Area School District has had to add just one day to the end of school. The last day is now June 6.


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