published Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Hamilton students won’t have to make up storm days

Hamilton County students won’t have to make up two days of school lost last week because of storms.

The Tennessee Department of Education has approved a waiver for those days, according to a news release.

The state requires schools be in session for 180 days a year. Hamilton County Schools builds in 13 extra days, six for professional development and seven for weather-related closures.

The schools already had used their seven weather days before the storms and tornadoes of April 27.

Rather than extend the school year by two days, Superintendent Dr. Jim Scales asked the Tennessee Department of Education to waive the 180-school day requirement and approve a 178-day calendar for this year.

The department granted that request Thursday.

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