Update: Arkansas education board approves snow day waivers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education approved all the requests by school districts across the state to reduce their academic years after winter storms that forced some students to miss almost a month's worth of classes.

The state board met Thursday and approved waiver requests from 75 districts. Now that the waivers are granted they will shorten the required 178 days of instruction for Arkansas schools seeking not to extend classes into mid-June.

At least 60 school districts have canceled part of their scheduled spring break in an effort to meet the minimum school day requirement.

A school district has to close its doors for at least 10 days to be eligible for a waiver. 2 districts, Decatur and Quitman were granted less since they did not meet the 10 day criteria.

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell says the districts have done a good job of making up the days they could.

"They're making up 10 days, but some of them are actually getting waivers for 7 days, 5 days, 4,3,2, it's pretty phenomenal."

To see the Department of Education's meeting agenda, which includes all 75 school districts involved, click here: http://on.kthv.com/1dgdamD

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