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17 Snow Days Could Lead To Waiver For Huntsville Schools

HUNTSVILLE, AR. -- Friday marks the 17th snow day for Huntsville Public Schools. The district may not have to make up all of those if a waiver is granted.
"We almost have to wait for nature to come in and melt things off and with the plunging temperatures, that just hasn't happened"
HUNTSVILLE, AR. --- Buses, classrooms and parking lots sat empty this week in the Huntsville Public Schools district.

School was cancelled all week, marking 17 snow days for the school year.

"We almost have to wait for nature to come in and melt things off and with the plunging temperatures, that just hasn't happened," said Superintendent Dr. Allen.

According to Superintendent Dr. Robert Allen, there are options that would keep the district from making up all the days lost to winter weather.

Dr. Allen said a waiver from the Arkansas Department of Education could keep the district from making up all of the days lost to winter weather.

"It would mean that we wouldn't have to go 178 student days. If we asked for a waiver of say 5 days we, we would go 173 days," said Allen.

That could mean no school in the summer.

"I'm estimating that we would probably have to go through the second week in June in order to just do it the way our calendar stands right now," said Allen.

Districts can't submit applications for waivers until the end of February, which Dr. Allen said is best since Northwest Arkansas might not be done with winter weather just yet.


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