NASHVILLE (WATE) – The state of Tennessee is allowing school systems to apply to have up to three educational days waived after many systems went over their amount of allotted snow days due to last month’s winter weather.
Education Commissioner Dr. Candice McQueen says many school systems have inquired about relief from the statutory requirement of 180 days of student instruction. Because Gov. Bill Haslam declared a Level II State of Emergency due to the extreme weather conditions throughout the state, the state is accepting requests to waive a maximum of three instructional days.
The state will look at each request on a case-by-case basis, and will look at the specific circumstances of each school system, the number of stockpiled days and how they were used, and the inability to make up those days.
The deadline for school systems to apply is March 31.Related story: Some East Tenn. school systems over amount of allotted snow days