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No Waivers for Inclement Weather Cancellations

There will be no waivers given to any school districts for days they had to cancel this week due to the blizzard and ice storm.

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Indiana schools must have 180 days of instruction

There will be no waivers given to school districts for days they had to cancel this week due to the blizzard and ice storm.  Stephanie Sample with the Indiana Department of Education says  Superintendent Tony Bennett made clear the policy of 180 days of instruction would be enforced.

“School districts are aware of the Indiana Department of Educations policy. We have no plans for granting waivers for inclement weather,” Sample said.

Bennett says he would allow waivers in extreme cases, such as a water main break or a building fire.  But hundreds of districts across Indiana canceled at least one day this past week due to bad weather, that they’ll have to make up this spring.

“Schools know that,” Sample said.  “They know Doctor Bennett’s policy, and most of them have already taken action to build days in to their school calendars.”

Indianapolis public schools reportedly have only one snow day built in. Sample says the Indiana Department of Education’s main concern is that their students are in school for 180 days.

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