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Snow Could Push School Year Into Late June

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Some school children in Rhode Island may find the school year extending almost into July because of all the snowy weather. According to the Rhode Island...

Some school children in Rhode Island may find the school year extending almost into July because of all the snowy weather.

According to the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, districts across the state have taken at least six snow days so far, and some have taken more.

School officials are looking for ways to extend the school year to meet a state requirement for 180 days in the school year.

The prospect of extending classes into late June presents a dilemma for school committees.

"Many school buildings lack air conditioning, especially in urban areas like Providence" said Rhode Island Association of School Committees President Tim Duffy. "It really says something about the age of our urban school buildings."

Providence school officials have said they plan to delay the end of school until June 25th, but after taking another snow day on Monday, they will be looking for another way to add time.

Instead of extending the school year, districts can reduce April or February break, although Providence school officials have said February is off the table.

Districts can also request an emergency reduction of the school year through the State Board of Education. Duffy says in recent years state education officials have declined to grant a reduction.

A spokesperson for the State Department of Education says many districts have already inquired about emergency reductions this year, but so far he is not aware of any filing an official request.

Snow Could Push School Year Into Late June
Snow Could Push School Year Into Late June