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Lawmakers working on different plans to forgive snow days

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 11:42:11-04

LANSING, Mich. — Over a million students across Michigan are getting closer to the start of summer break.

But the question now is when will that vacation start?

Dozens of schools in Michigan will have to make up some days because the schools ran out of snow days earlier this year.

The Michigan Legislature is working on different snow day forgiveness plans before school lets out.

Under Michigan law, schools get six snow days automatically. Schools get an additional three days if they request a waiver from the state Department of Education.

A bill in the state House [legislature.mi.gov]being considered would forgive the three days in late January when school was canceled due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's state of emergency due to extreme winter weather. The legislation passed the full House Wednesday and now moves to the full Senate for review.

A bill that was introduced in the state Senate [legislature.mi.gov] earlier this year would have automatically excused school days during this year's emergency and during any future emergencies.

But an amended version of the bill would pertain only to this year’s situation. The measure would forgive four extra days for a total of 13 excused days. The legislation was passed by a Senate committee Tuesday.

If passed by the full Senate, any other lost time would have to be made up in June.

State lawmakers say final action on a snow day forgiveness plan could come before the end of April.

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