How are Ark. schools making up snow days?

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    UNDATED (KTHV) -- With so many schools taking snow days in this winter weather mix, Today's THV is looking into what many districts across the state are doing to make up snow days.

    Kids love them, but they are starting to worry many school districts. They are snow days and they are piling up.

    All school districts in Arkansas have in place 5 days to use in case students miss class for any reason -- like snow.

    With the adverse weather that many districts have seen so far this school year --they are using those days up quickly.

    Snow is causing school closures all over the state - making school districts eat into the 5 days the state gives them.

    In fact, the Pulaski County Special School District has used 2 of those days, North Little Rock 3, Russellville 2, but in Northwest Arkansas some districts have already used up all 5 and more.

    "As of tomorrow we will have missed our 10th day," says John Karnes,  the superintendent of West Fork School District said when asked about snow days. "We have lost 10 days of instruction time. Tests are coming up in March and April so these are valuable days that we can't make up."

    PCSSD is planning for the worst. After a meeting Monday, school administrators have set in place a plan to extend the school year into June.

    "Right now we where supposed to dismiss on June 1" says Deborah Roush. "Currently, we will be out if nothing changes on June 3."

    But with an approaching winter storm, that's likely to change.
    "We don't know what we're facing as winter continues," Roush said.

    "We just keep our fingers crossed on this weather and hopefully this storm coming in will be our last one," Karnes said. " Maybe we can make it the rest of spring if we can do that we'll be all right."

    The superintendents we talked with say if this storm causes them to lose even more days, they could possibly take a day from spring break or have classes on Saturday.

    PCSSD is already using Feb. 14 as a makeup day now after last week's bout of snow. It was previously a professional development day for teachers.

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