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December 18, 2013

Snow impacts school calendars

MT. VERNON — This month’s heavy snowfall has already had an effect on area school calendars, delaying the end of school by three days in most cases.

Mt. Vernon Township High School and District 80 schools have each used three snow days so far in December.

MVTHS has eight emergency days built into this year’s calendar. The three snow days taken so far will likely be made up at the end of the school year.

If the school were to use all eight days, MVTHS officials would have the option of making all of them up or applying for “Act of God” days from the state, said Superintendent Michael Smith. Act of God days do not have to be made up at the end of the year.

“Eight has been more than enough in the past,” Smith said.

MVTHS’ original last day of school was May 23.

District 80 Superintendent Mike Green said he anticipates district officials having a more in-depth discussion on the school calendar in January.

As of yet, no significant alterations have been made to the District 80 calendar, aside from the fact that three days will have to be made up either during spring break or at the end of the year, Green said. Currently, officials plan to do it at the end of the year.

“It hasn’t had an impact on our calendar yet, but winter is just starting,” Green said.

Green said amending the school calendar can be an emotional issue and many people have input on the process, including employees and the union.

Still, the District 80 Board of Education makes the final decision on amending the calendar, Green said.

Webber Township High School and Bluford Grade School have each used

four snow days so far this month. The schools have five emergency days built into the calendar.

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