Snow Day Dilemma: Time to Forget About Makeup Days?

There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver.

There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
School districts across Northern Virginia are struggling to find makeup days for the big pile of snow days that have been used this winter. 

Should they take holidays? Teacher work days? Spring break? Weekends? Add extra hours to the school day? None of those options will make everyone happy, but there's a way to make things a little easier.

The state Board of Education can waive days lost in the aftermath of a state of emergency declared by the governor — like the snow storm the region weathered this past week.

Should districts have to make up this week's lost school days, or is it time to waive the makeup days and move on? Tell us in the comments below!

Charles Pyle, spokesman for the Virginia Education Department, told The Washington Post that districts must “show they have done everything reasonable that they could do” to make up the time.

The Post notes that Fairfax County schools received a waiver in 2010.

mccoy swanson February 17, 2014 at 01:23 AM
So as a student. Yeah that's right a 17 year old who would like to give his opinions but is way to offended by the top comment. Will not post his thoughts. Thank you jack p for insulting all the kids who are not doing so good in school because they have problems with school. Jack p You don't know anything
Bambie February 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Tests, who thinks tests are a good way of measuring success? People who think life is a multiple choice test; every morning I see three bubbles above my bed they read, "A. Get up B. Hit the snooze button C. Screw work go back to sleep," Anyone else who went grade to grade taking a test that you HAD to pass or your life was over, and all anyone did was teach to the test; so you never got to know the fun stuff or do the cool science experiments in school because that was not going to be on the test? Rhetorical question. The answer is most of the comments on here from parents and adults who never had to take a SOL test, or one of the 40 or 50 standardised tests that take up about 1/4 to 1/3 of the school year.If they had they would know that you need spring break and those days off to process all that stuff you NEED TO KNOW, and because all work and no play makes johnny a homicidal kindergartner. Let us be honest there might be toys in the kindergarten classroom but they are there just to tease you, you have to much work to do to play with them. Not like the school you remember is it? Waver all the days you can.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that making up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even going to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kids can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.


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