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What's next when districts run out of snow days?

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Tuesday is the seventh snow day of the school year for some students.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Tuesday is the seventh snow day of the school year for some students. In Edgar County, the Paris School District has already used all its emergency days. But, winter's far from over.

Without emergency days, they still canceled school. The district plans for five "emergency days." After that, they start taking what are called "Act of God" days. It doesn't happen very often.

Paris District Superintendent Connie Sutton says, over the past several years, she can't even remember when they used all their emergency days, let alone need to take more. But, after seeing two-foot snowdrifts and parking lots packed with snow Tuesday morning, she decided to call off school.

Even though they didn't get very much snow, the wind made a big impact. Students and teachers will have to make up five emergency days at the end of the year, but they won't have to do more than that.

Sutton says it will be up to teachers to make sure they can cover all the material in time. She adds, state aid isn't affected as long as they make up the emergency days. Now, they just hope the snow will stop so they can get back to class.

Illinois school districts need to get approval from a regional superintendent when they take emergency days. If they also require an "Act of God" day, the state would have to approve that too. Districts apply for it after taking the day off.
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