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Additional snow days could change district schedules

January 11, 2010

Last year  De Soto USD 232 didn't use any inclement weather days, in turn students ended the school year early. 

So far this winter the school district has used all four inclement weather days built into the calendar.  Shawnee Mission USD 512 has canceled school three times because of weather conditions. 

Both school districts are preparing to rearrange the school calendar, should the need  arises. 

Alvie Cater, director of communications for USD 232 said the district sets aside four inclement weather days each year. 

"As of Friday (Jan. 8), we've used all four," he said. "April 5 and April 30 are days that students are off that could be used as make-up days should we exceed our four inclement weather days. In the event we need to take additional time away from school, we will need to develop a plan to make up state required attendance hours for students."

The State of Kansas requires 1,116 student contact hours per school year. The district typically exceeds the required hours, allowing for the inclement weather days.

Cater said the big question for parents will be if students will have to stay in school longer. 

"As of right now we have a few days to bridge the gap," he said. "One option would be to extend the school year, the other is too look at calendars and see what other things we can do." 

The Shawnee Mission School District used three of its four weather days alotted this school year. 

"We have one more day to use before the school calendar is altered," said Taylor Atkins with the districts communications department. 

Atkins said if the day were used, the district would look at all options if changing the calendar were needed. 

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