State could waive third make-up day

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After the weather took a turn for the worse and caught some districts off guard last week, several schools weren’t taking any chances this time.

The decision to call off school Friday brought the number of days off up to three days for some area districts.

By state law, school districts have two scheduled make up days. After a third day off, if the state approves, students  get a free day.

“We were kind of upset, just because I mean it’s not that bad outside,” said Emily Clark. She and her family drove down from Dallas so the high school junior could decide if she wanted to be a Longhorn.

“We were gonna go on a tour,” she said. That was before the University of Texas chose to close Friday.

“It’s OK,” she added, “there’s another day.”

Corinne Oh, a high school counselor, also got the day off and was in charge of a full house on Friday.

“Last night I got a text from my neighbor (saying), ‘Snow day tomorrow, party at your house.’

“Thank goodness they’re not all my children, but they’re all lovely,” she added.

Austin ISD will likely apply for a waiver so they don’t have to make up the third bad weather day — that turned out to be not so bad.

The Texas Education Agency told KXAN chances were good that waivers would be granted so schools don’t have to make up for the a third bad weather day, but said they would look at each individual circumstance before making the determination.

The spokesperson also pointed to cases where waivers were approved, but only up to a certain point. “One year, when hurricanes closed schools for weeks, we granted a waiver for no more than 10 days.”

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