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Cold Weather Can Mean a Longer School Year for Students

Summer vacation won't come as early this year for some area students. Many school districts will have to make up the days that have been canceled because of the weather.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Summer vacation won't come as early this year for some area students. Many school districts will have to make up the days that have been canceled because of the weather. For districts like Joplin, they have several snow days already built in to their school year calendar. For smaller districts like Sarcoxie, snow days are tacked on at the end of the year, shortening their summer vacation. 

"It's already obviously messed up the end of the semester," said Kevin Goddard, Sarcoxie School District Superintendent.

For students in Sarcoxie schools, this week would've been finals week for the fall semester because students missed a week before Christmas break due to weather. 

"Now I'm guessing that finals will be pushed back another week," said Goddard. 

Superintendent Kevin Goddard says the snow days are also messing up the last day of school, graduation day, and the start of summer school.

"So now we're tacking those days on to the end and we're now into the week that would've been our first week of summer school. So, we're going to have to adjust our summer school schedule as well," said Goddard. 

Sarcoxie students have missed seven days of schools so far, which is more than other area schools. Joplin School District has missed five days due to the snow. 

"We do want kids in the classroom, we want them learning and we want to monopolize upon that time," said Jason Cravens, Director of Secondary Education.

Joplin's Director of Secondary Education Jason Cravens says the district has built in six snow days to the calendar already.

"It can get long that 4th quarter when those days are added on, so you do find that kids are wanting to get out and you do have to meet state required amount of days of school attendance. So yea, it can be a little more difficult at the end of year when we do have snow days," said Cravens. 

School leaders say it'd be nice to see the rules change so school districts have more control over school days.  

"Give us the number of the hours we have to have kids at school and give us the flexibility to build our calendar around the community needs," said Goddard. 

When classes are canceled, it's because the weather prevents bus drivers, parents, students, and school leaders from traveling safely to and from school. Also, Sarcoxie will be out tomorrow for an eighth day. 

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