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Schools won’t have to make up for missed days

Published 1:41pm Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alabama students who missed class time this week because of the winter storm won’t have to make up those days according to a statement made Thursday by Alabama Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice.

“We have some paperwork we will have to fill out and have approved, but the missed days should be excused,” said Dr. Jeff Langham, Elmore County Superintendent of Education. “Under a law enacted after the April 2011 tornadoes, if the governor declares a state of emergency and the state superintendent of education approves a request those missed days won’t have to be made up.”

The state Department of Education sent school districts impacted by the ice and snow storm waiver forms and a list of requirements so the missed days can be excused.

Bice said he does not anticipate any problems with schools in the affected areas receiving approval.

Langham said principals have been checking on their individual schools and no problems with plumbing or other physical plant operations have been discovered.

“There are no problems we are aware of right now,” he said. “We have every indication that everything is OK.”

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