LITTLE ROCK/TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Board of Education approved inclement weather waivers for 75 school districts Thursday at its monthly meeting. The waivers shorten the required 178 days of classroom instruction.
Schools across the state had to cancel classes for several days after recent repeated bouts of severe winter weather. District administrators asked the board to issue the waivers so they would not have not to extend classes into mid-June.
The 1,605 Trumann Public Schools students missed 12 days due to severe weather.
"The inclement weather waiver will allow you to mark off or waive any days that you missed over 10," said TPS Superintendent Myra Graham.
"So that would be eligibility for two days to be stricken from our required 178 days for students."
There was certain criteria districts had to meet in order to be eligible for the waiver.
"The state department's criteria asks you to attend some or all of spring break," she said.
Spring break for Arkansas students is March 24-28. Trumann students will attend school March 24 and 25.
"One other piece of the criteria is that we would use all available days like Good Friday."
TPS students will attend school Good Friday. The last day of school for Trumann students is June 4. Without the waiver it would have been June 6.
Before the severe winter weather came, Trumann students' last day of school was May 23.
"We're going to be incredibly flexible with our staff that have bought maybe cruise tickets or airlines tickets. We want to be as cooperative as possible as we alter our community's plans, our students' plans, and our staff," said Supt. Graham.
37 of the 75 districts were in the Region 8 viewing area.
Communications Officer Kimberly Friedman posted on the Arkansas Department of Education's Facebook page shortly before 11:00 Thursday morning.
The schools approved waivers in Region 8 are:
Batesville School District
Calico Rock School District
Cave City School District
Cedar Ridge School District
Concord School District
Corning School District
Cotter School District
Greene County Tech School District
Harrisburg School District
Highland School District
Hillcrest School District
Hoxie School District
Imboden Area Charter School District
Izard County Consolidated School District
Jackson County School District
Jonesboro School District
Lawrence County School District
Mammoth Spring School District
Marmaduke School District
Maynard School District
Melbourne School District
Midland School District
Mountain Home School District
Mountain View School District
Norfork School District
Pangburn School District
Paragould School District
Piggott School District
Pocahontas School District
Rector School District
Salem School District
Sloan Hendrix School District
Southside Batesville School District
Trumann School District
Viola School District
Westside Consolidated School District