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Making Up Missed School Days; Longer Days, Weekend Classes

DUNMORE — The state senate is trying to help school districts make up days, after a colder and snowier than normal winter.

Dunmore has already added April 17, 21 and may 23 to the school calendar as snow make up days and the state wants to make it easier to add even more.

A bill was passed by the state senate Friday. It allows school districts, hit hard by the winter, to extend school days, and hold class on one Saturday per month.

School districts would have the option of making the changes without applying to the state for permission.

The sponsor of the bill, a state senator from Centre County, says snow days could be made up, without keeping students in the classroom late in to June.

46 senators were there to vote on the bill last week; all 46 said yes.

The bill applies to this school year only, and it has to pass soon for it to have an affect the current school year.

The bill now moves over to the house for consideration but it returns to session on March 31st. Its fate there is uncertain.


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