That's because the system is allotted an extra week -- May 19-23 -- to make up for any time that school had to be canceled during the school year. For Kanawha County, the school year, by law, cannot exceed May 23.
"We can't go past a certain day. That's just it -- because of the snow days we've already had, we're making them up anyhow. So you call it a snow day or whatever you want, but we're already there," Duerring said.
But next year, because of a new school calendar policy in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill, that might not be the case.
The new calendar bill would give school districts more control when designing their calendar, while also more strictly enforcing that 180-day recommendation.
"This year, you still have those bookends where you can't go beyond a certain day. Next year, it will be different," Duerring said. "Next year you could go clear to June 30 and can make up every day you missed."
County boards will be required not only to schedule but "actually provide" no less than 180 separate days of instruction, according to the bill. If it is not possible to complete 180 days within the current school calendar, the board is required to either schedule instruction on any available noninstructional day or use out-of-calendar days.
The bill also extends the length of the allowed school employment term.
"Counties have always scheduled 180 days. It's the feasibility of really making that happen when you have serious snow or unforeseen circumstances like the water crisis," state Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro said.
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