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Wed March 5, 2014
Arkansas Schools Seek Waivers As Snow Days Pile Up
Nearly 50 Arkansas school districts are asking the state to reduce the number of snow days that must be made up this year after repeated rounds of wintry weather.
The Arkansas Department of Education says 47 districts have requested waivers so far, with the number expected to grow after this week's storms.
Education department spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says districts that have missed more than 10 days are eligible for the waivers. The deadline to apply is Friday.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, schools must have class for 178 days each school year, but the state can waive that number on a case-by-case basis.
Among the districts seeking waivers are Viola, with 19 snow days; Green Forest, with 17 snow days; and West Fork, with 18 snow days.