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Superintendents talk about making up snow days

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(03/17/14) - We haven't really had much of a break from the winter weather this year.

School districts were forced to cancel classes because of the heavy snow, icy roads and dangerous temperatures.

Now, superintendents are trying to figure out ways to make up the snow days.

With so much time to make up, many districts say they'll have to add days to the schedule. That could mean shortening things like spring break or adding days to the end of the year.

Students all across the area are preparing to make up the days that they missed because of severe winter weather.

In Beecher Community Schools, they have missed 10 days of school.

"They just to have to take the good with the bad and they're just going to have to make the days up right along with the rest of the community," said Deatrius Burks, a parent.

School districts are only allowed six grace days for bad weather and other situations.

In Flushing, the plan is to add four additional days to the end of the school year. Beecher students also have to make up four days.

"However, we also have an elementary school, that's Dailey Elementary, has to make up five additional days because they had a water main break," said Josh Talison, superintendent of Beecher Community Schools.

Talison says he has been in constant contact with the teachers union as he works up a plan.

"We have two ideas on the plate - either we'll make up a week during our intersession period, which will be the second week of April I believe, or we'll have to make up the four days at the end of the school year," he said.

Burks says she doesn't like the idea off adding additional days on to the very end of the school year.

"Because the classrooms gets hot at times, so I'd really prefer for them to make it up while it's cool than hot and then it won't cut into their summer because they don't have a long summer anyhow," he said.

Talison is scheduled to meet with the union again Tuesday.

One way that many superintendents are keeping parents informed about their plan is by posting the information on their website and sending letters home.

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