Schools working to make up snow days

Some students will have to go to school into mid-June.
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Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - School districts are faced with the task of rescheduling snow days, in some cases, pushing school days well into June.

Snow and ice storms played havoc with school schedules across the state this winter. Many districts easily burned through built-in snow days and were forced to tack those onto the end of the year to meet state law.

"If they're going to get in 180 days and the weather or any other situation has kept them from doing so, those schools will have to find ways to make up those days. There's no question about it," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett.

In Zionsville, what was supposed to be a day off this Friday before Spring Break is now a school day. That has created big problems for some parents who, months ago, planned and spent money to use that day for travel.

"We had vacation already planned, so we're still going on Spring Break. We did it last year, but we knew going into it that it was a possible snow make-up day," said parent Jennifer Weber.

While Zionsville added Friday as a school day, Eastern Hancock schools were open on Saturday for the first of four make-up days. School officials have scheduled another Saturday school day in April and two in May.

The unusually high number of school closings because of bad weather - six days at Hamilton Southeastern - has pushed the last day of school up to the day before graduation. With the state firm that schools must make up those lost days, some parents who put down money and made Spring Break plans are notifying schools that their children will be missing another day.

A number of parents said on the Eyewitness News Facebook page that the longer school year cuts into summer camps and family vacations. In Lowell, school runs through the middle of June.