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State Schools Chief: No Snow Day Waivers Yet

BOSTON (AP) – A top Massachusetts school official is telling local educators they have options for making up snow days and it’s too early for talk about waiving the requirement that schools have at least 180 days of classes a year.
 
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester sent an e-mail Thursday to local school officials saying they can hold classes on Saturdays and cancel or shorten the February and April vacations.
 
Chester also says professional development days can be changed into school days, classes can be held on Good Friday and days can be added in June.
 
Chester says it’s important that students don’t lose out on valuable learning time.
 
Snowstorms have battered the Northeast this winter, forcing schools to close for several days.

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