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School Attendance Drops on Snow Makeup Days


West Virginia counties that extended their school calendars into June to make up for snow days have experienced significant drops in attendance.  

The Charleston Daily Maily reports that state Sen. Daniel Hall of Wyoming has learned attendance in his district may have dropped below 10 percent this week.

Hall’s district includes Raleigh and Wyoming counties and part of McDowell. 

That time lost to snow days was made up by rescheduling the last day of school, which angered some parents, teachers and students.  This is the first year counties were permitted to extend the calendar to meet a requirement for 180-days of instruction. Hall wants state law to change so instruction time is based on minutes rather than days

The governor and education officials have defended the 180-day requirement.