PISD: Only two snow days likely to be made up
School officials say they expect to have to make up only two days of the six school days lost to weather in the first 40 days of 2011.
“The state requires all school districts to build two bad-weather days into their calendar,” said Mark Hudson, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Paris Independent School District.
“We’ve got two days on April 9 and 16 — those are both on Saturday,” Hudson said Tuesday afternoon. “So we will make up two required days on those two Saturdays. Then we will ask for a waiver on the additional days.”
Even as Hudson was speaking, Paris ISD officials were calling off school for Wednesday as a result of a Winter Storm Warning in effect from midnight Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The forecast was for a 70 percent chance of snow overnight with accumulation of up to 1 inch of snow and temperatures as low as 7 degrees.
“We missed one day in January because of the weather, and then four days last week,” Hudson said.
Students and parents need not worry that Spring Break will be canceled, or the end of the school year delayed, or additional Saturday classes scheduled, Hudson said.
“No, no, no, we’ll get a waiver on those other days,” Hudson said. “I won’t say it’s cut and dried, but the TEA (Texas Education Agency) has pretty much said it will excuse pretty much any time you have weather issues, power issues, and that kind of thing.“
Hudson added: “As widespread as this thing has been, you know, covdring pretty much all of North and Northeast Texas, and even other parts of the state, I don’t foresee any difficulty.”
The two weather days are May 13 and May 20 for the North Lamar school district, Feb. 21 and May 6 for Prairiland, and May 13 and May 20 for Roxton.
Hudson said the Paris school district will wait until the threat of bad weather is over before submitting its request for a waiver on the additional days lost.
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