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Schools working to solve snow day overload problems

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Michiana schools are working to decide how to address the missed school days caused by the freezing temperatures we've experienced in the past month.

South Bend Superintendent Carole Schmidt says South Bend schools only have to make up three extra days so far.  South Bend schools have closed seven times this school year, but they built two extra days into the school year in anticipation of snow days.  Two of the remaining days were waived by the state, leaving three to make up.  Schmidt says South Bend schools have not decided whether they will tack on extra days to the school year or eliminate scheduled days off to make up the days. 

Mishawaka Schools have made their decision.  Students there will spend four extra days in class at the end of the year and lose a few days off.  Mishawaka has had eight snow days this school year.  Two of them, like South Bend, were waived, but they did not have any built in extra days.  Two of the remaining snow days will be made up by removing days off from their schedule.  Those dates will be February 14 and March 28.  The last four days will be added to the end of the year, meaning the last day of school will now be June 10.

Director of Communication for Penn-Harris-Madison Schools Teresa Carroll says decisions for all the snow days have not been decided yet.  They are dealing with seven snow.  Two of them were waived by the state and one will be made up on March 21.  They have applied for waivers for two other days, January 27 & 28, but do not know if they will get them.  Two other snow days are still up in the air, but Carroll says those will likely be added to the end of the school year.

Shawn Hannon with Elkhart Community Schools says they are still working on a final decision about addressing their snow days.  They have had eight snow days so far, three of which are covered with built in extra days.  Hannon says the school will consider applying for waivers for January 6 & 7, the days the state has already approved for schools.  According to Hannon, school officials will be meeting within the next two weeks to make a final decision on the outstanding snow days.

FOX28 will update this story with decisions from other schools as we learn about them.

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