Weather Keeping Kids Out of School

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By Anthony Ferraro
Clinton County Chatter

DEWITT – In the state of Michigan the first three or four months of the year aren’t very forgiving. The temperatures get into the negatives and the wind chill makes it even more bone-chilling cold. Add snowfall into all this and this is “spring” in Michigan.

DeWitt Public Schools have been very busy or lack thereof these last few months as the school closings have been piling up.

According to DeWitt Public Schools Twitter feed the district has been closed four times since the beginning of the semester due to weather and rough driving conditions.

For the kids these days are for fun and enjoying time outside or just being lazy. For parents and teachers however, it is a little more serious then that.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, public schools in the Michigan must maintain a certain number of school days throughout the year or they will be penalized financially by the state with their funding.

The department also states that schools must have a certain number of teaching hours for students and closing for inclement weather or other emergencies effect that. It would make the school year longer as the schools would have to add on days to make that time up.

The superintendent of DeWitt schools, Dr. John B. Deiter, would not comment about how the school year is going thus far.

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