Weather Prompts Schools To Seek Waviers For Shortened Year

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Vermont education officials have granted waivers to at least a dozen public schools allowing them to cut the school year short of the 175-day minimum required under state law in the wake of spring flooding and heavy winter snows that forced many school day cancellations.

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca tells the Burlington Free Press his department typically gets one or two waiver requests a year.

He said asking schools that already had make-up days to add even more can be problematic for families, faculty and staff who have already booked vacations and for schools’ long-set graduation dates.

Vilaseca says it’s important to give a break to school districts that have already suffered a toll with this year’s severe weather conditions.

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