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Snow Day Relief Legislation May Be Unnecessary

A bill before the state Senate would allow snow makeup time to be calculated in hours, not days.

We've had more than our fair share of snow days this year. (Patch file photo)
We've had more than our fair share of snow days this year. (Patch file photo)

The Pennsylvania State Senate is poised to vote on school snow day relief legislation, but it turns out it may not be necessary.

With some school districts in the state racking up snow days well into the double digits this year, many schools are scrambling to schedule and figure out how to schedule makeup days. 

State law requires 180 instructional days for students, with a breakdown of 900 hours for elementary students and 990 hours for secondary students.

The bill before the state Senate would allow schools the flexibility to make up hours, rather than days. The legislation is sponsored by state Sen. Jake Corman (R-34).

However, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told CBS that the flexibility is already granted to schools under the current regulations — they just have to ask for it.

“They have to check with the Department of Education and get permission back, but you know, that’s just a formality,” Steve Miskin told CBS.

The Senate bill also would allow districts to schedule makeup time on Saturdays.

The bill is Senate Bill 1281.

KS March 18, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Seven Generations is making it up using hours instead of days.
John Child March 19, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Isn't this something that Districts can figure out on their own?
Rich Coale March 19, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Bensalem did this after the winter of 93-94. Isn't the Senate just wasting their time with something that already exists?

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