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Nearly 50 AR school districts apply to waive weather make-up days

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--47 Arkansas school districts have applied for the state's inclement weather waiver extension and even more are expected to after this week's ice storm.

To qualify for this waiver, a school district must have missed more than 10 days of school because of inclement weather.

One school district has already missed almost an entire month of schools days. Thanks to Mother Nature, students in the Viola District missed the most with a whopping 19 days.

Most of the districts hit the hardest during this season's winter storms are in the northern part of the state, like in Eureka Springs with 17 days.

However, it wasn't a walk in the park for students in central Arkansas either, as most schools have already burned through their five planned make-up days.

"With the inclement weather that we've seen here in Arkansas, school districts that have missed more than 10 days can apply for a waiver of the 178 day requirement," said Arkansas Department of Education Director of Communications, Kim Friedman.   

If the Arkansas Board of Education approves these waivers; this would mean that districts would only be required to make up the 10 missed days and nothing beyond that.

"School districts have to show that they're trying to make up as many days as possible, they can do that through a variety of ways," said Friedman. "They can actually use teacher workshop days as makeup days for instructional time," she added.

The three metro school districts; Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County have not applied for waivers as they've missed less than 10 days.

47 districts have applied as of last Friday, but because of this week's storm the Arkansas Department of Education expects more districts to apply. The state's board of education is expected to approve or deny requests later this month.

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