North Texas students may not have to make up snow days

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 3 at 7:19 PM

DALLAS — Hundreds of schools have closed this week across North Texas. Friday will be the fourth consecutive day that many classrooms will remain empty.  

WFAA.com has learned that students probably will not have to make those days up at the end of the year.

All districts are required to build in two make-up days in the schedule. Anything beyond that and a district has to file a special request with the state.

Tacking on extra days to the school year is usually a last option.

In fact, schools in Corpus Christi, El Paso and East Texas are also closed for weather, too.

"I can't recall an event this large for a winter storm," said Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe.

If a district can prove it has used the two built-in weather days, the Texas Education Agency said it is inclined to issue a waiver for additional missed days.

A spokeswoman for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD said she did not recall having ever having asked for a weather waiver in 26 years.

The schools prefer to not add days to the end of the school year.

"Our families know what the last day of school is," C-FB ISD spokeswoman Cindy Randle. "We know that many of our families have already made plans."

Districts will be encouraged to file their waivers after the school year is over, just in case schools are forced to close again for another reason.

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