Recent snow could cause longer Missouri school year

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | 12:16 p.m. CST; updated 6:11 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 6, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's education department said the latest in a series of winter storms could cause school districts to extend classes into the summer.

Sarah Potter, a spokeswoman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said public schools have already had more snow days than usual in the current academic year. 

Many districts have had to call off classes the past two months because of snow, ice and cold temperatures. Potter said schools might need to cut short spring and summer vacations.

Columbia Public Schools has had six days of canceled classes this winter. Any further cancellations will need to be made up.

The department requires school districts to build six snow days into their calendars and those days must be made up in full. Subsequent snow days only count for a half day that must be made up during the academic year.


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