State super confirms it: no make-up days for ice

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 31, 2014

State Superintendent Tommy Bice confirmed Thursday that students won’t have to make up the “snow days” they missed this week.

School districts must seek a waiver from the state Department of Education to have their missed days excused, but Bice said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with that.

After the April 27, 2011, tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, the Alabama Legislature passed a law that allowed missed school days to be excused if the governor declares a state of emergency and the state superintendent approves the request to forgive the missed days.

Bice said he sent school systems affected by the snow and ice storm a list of requirements and forms to have the missed days excused. Districts can fill them out, send them back in and he will approve them.

Andalusia and Opp students missed three days of school this week. Students in the Covington County system are also out today.