Marion hits 20th snow day, hopes for legislative reprieve

April 19, 2019

By John Raffel

MARION — Sunday’s mid-April snowstorm resulted in another snow day for Marion schools, making it 20 so far. Superintendent Chris Arrington said.
He indicated the worst case scenario for when school might end is June 20, factoring in the number of snow days. But he indicated it could be significantly earlier if House Bill(s) 4206 and/or 4250 pass.

A report from WOOD TV pointed out many school disricts have had snow days in the double digits and the state legislature has been looking at bills to help relieve the burden of compensating for snow days.

With the last snow storm Marion Public Schools is looking at their 20th snow day, the district is hoping for state legislation to prevent their estimated June 19th end date.

WOOD noted schools can basically call off six days without having to make up the time and appeal for an extra three days off via an appeal to the state Department of Education.

During a recent state House Ways and Means Committee meeting, lawmakers discussed a bill that would allow for three more days, bringing the total to 12.

In a communication to staff members and the school board, Arrington said he was preparing three different plans. One is a worst case scenario plan in case nothing comes out of the legislature. It would include half days on June 18 and 19. If the state gives districts three more days, another plan involves making up seven days and the final half days are June 13-14.

The best case scenario plan is assuming both parts of the bill passes, with the last day being June 12. Arrington noted attending school on Good Friday created one day of attendance, which would be used in all scenarios.

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