Schools apply for snow day waiver

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Pendleton - As students, teachers and administrators get back to school following an extended three-week winter break, educators have made plans to make up for the lost classroom time.

Both South Madison Community School Corp. and Frankton-Lapel Community Schools administrators said they have applied for a waiver after the Indiana Department of Education offered to write off two instructional days missed because of heavy snow and historically low temperatures last week.

However, districts must make up the three other school days missed because of the storm.

South Madison Superintendent Joe Buck said his district sent its waiver request in as soon as it heard about it. The waiver, coupled with seven snow make-up days built into the South Madison school schedule, hopefully means they will not have to add days onto the end of the school year.

With three snow make-up days to get in, Buck said they will use Martin Luther King and Presidents Day and the first five days of their two week spring break as snow make-up days.

“The last five days of our two week spring break is guaranteed,” Buck wrote in an email.

All told, this gives the district four spare days from that first week of spring break in case they need to add more snow make-up days between now and then. The South Madison spring break is scheduled from March 17-28, but at least the first day of it — March 17 — will now be a snow make-up day.

Bobby Fields, Frankton-Lapel Superintendent, said his district also sent in a request for a waiver immediately for last Monday and Tuesday so they too can be excused from the 180 days of required instructional time.

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