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SPS Says Don't Make Concrete Plans About the Last Day of School Just Yet

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Students may be excited now for snow days, but how will this affect summer vacation? Photo Credit: Michele Skalicky

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Tuesday marked the 6th snow day for Springfield Public Schools this academic year.  Some schools in more rural parts of the Ozarks have missed up to ten days of school.  The students may be excited now, but how does this impact their summer vacation? KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this update.

Because of all those snow days, Springfield Public Schools has been unable to complete the first semester of its school year.  The start of the second semester has been pushed back until January 14th, allowing for teachers and students to get caught up.

According to a release from the school district, six make-up days are already built into the school calendar, and those are now used up for the year.  If no more snow days are necessary, the anticipated last day of school will be Friday, May 23rd in Springfield.  If harsh winter weather persists, that date could be extended.  The district is urging parents and students to remain flexible about the last few days of school.

State law caps the number of make-up days to a maximum of ten.  Once the first six are used up, schools are required to only make-up alternating days off.  For example, if we were to see a total of 14 snow days this year, days 7, 9, 11 and 13 would be added to the end of the school year. Any additional days beyond that would be forgiven.

Some school districts, like Republic, have an interactive chart to update parents when the last day of school will be.  Right now, for Republic, the website says the last day will be June 2. 

For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.