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Maine schools come up with plans to make up snow days as another storm approaches

Tuesday is the first day of spring, but Maine has another nor'easter headed our way Wednesday and that means some school districts may once again cancel classes. (WGME)

Tuesday is the first day of spring, but Maine has another nor'easter headed our way Wednesday and that means some school districts may once again cancel classes.

Districts are working to figure out how to make up for all of the missed school this winter.

Some districts have spent all winter long wondering how they’re going to make up for lost time in the classroom and as of the first day of spring some have come up with a plan.

The Sun Journal reports Lewiston public schools made a decision Monday.

So far the district has had nine snow days, and if the storm hits heavy Wednesday night, students will have to go to school half a day longer than they planned to in June.

Schools in Bethel, which have had 11 snow days, were approved by the state to add an extra hour onto the school day. So every fifth extended day would count as one school day.

Most districts build their schedule around five snow days and almost all have exceeded that by nearly double.

State law requires students have 175 days of school instruction each year.

Bangor’s Superintendent Betsy Webb told the Bangor Daily News they’re also considering extending school by an hour after missing eight days so far due to weather.

Two of those days were accounted for by impacting teacher in service days where students would normally have off.

School administrators are crossing their fingers for this week’s storm to not have a huge impact on the school day or some districts could be going back to the drawing board on ways to tackle the snow days.

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