Syracuse, NY — Some Central New York schools will be in class over the April break to make up for days lost to snow, but it’s even worse for students in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation allowing districts to hold classes on Saturdays to make up class time lost to weather cancellations, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It’s just an indication of how bad the cold and snow has been all across the country this year.
The bill gives Pennsylvania districts the option of counting instructional time in hours, rather than the traditional 180 days of school. It frees them up to hold classes on Saturdays rather than add days later in June to make up the lost time.The option is only for this year.
Students would not have to go to Saturday classes if they have religious or other activities, and teachers can’t schedule tests on those days.
In Central New York, students in Onondaga Central and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown have had their spring breaks shortened to make up for days when classes were canceled due to weather. Other districts have also come close to using up all of their scheduled snow days.
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