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Students will have to make up days after another day of no school

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(01/29/14) - This nastier than usual winter could cost students and teachers some of their time off during the summer.

Now that most students in Mid-Michigan have missed more than six days of class, superintendents have to come up with a plan.

That plan means parents may have to adjust their schedules.

Facing yet another day without school, several parents took their children to the library to get out of the house.

"It's kind of nice because you get to sleep in and you don't have to wake up as early and there's no homework," said Natalie Willyerd, a fifth grader.

"I miss my friends a lot and it's a little bit frustrating that I don't get to see them as much," said Charles Buffington, a sixth grader.

Pretty soon, superintendents will have to start thinking about how to make up for the lost time.

There's the possibility of extending a students' day or adding an extra day on to the school year. That's something parents have mixed opinions about.

"I don't like that. It might interfere with the vacation plans that we have," said Charles Buffington Senior, a parent.

"Obviously what we do at home can't replace the instruction they get at school so if it's beneficial for them to make it up, I don't know that the end of June is the best time for them to make it up, but we're game, whatever they say we have to do," said Jaime Cramer, a parent.

Most school district leaders say it's still too early to make a final decision.

In Lapeer, the superintendent would favor lengthening the school year.

"Our preference in making up that time is to do so by adding days to the year if at all possible because losing an entire day of instruction for a young learner is not a good thing ," said Matt Wandrie, of Lapeer Community Schools.

There's been discussions among state lawmakers to make changes to attendance laws to give schools more flexibility in making up the days.

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