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Longest Winter Break Ever? Saline Schools Close Again Wednesday

What does legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder mean for the spring dismissal date?

Saline students haven't been in class since Dec. 20. They're getting another day off Wednesday. (Patch file photo)
Saline students haven't been in class since Dec. 20. They're getting another day off Wednesday. (Patch file photo)

This year’s holiday break may go into the record books as one of the longest for students in the Saline Area Schools, which is canceling classes again Wednesday because of bitterly cold wind chill values.

Students haven’t been in school since Dec. 20.

Recently, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation allowing schools with too many snow days to avoid having to schedule extra days in the summer.

Michigan school districts are required to provide 1,098 hours of instruction over the course of at least 170 days, Harting said.

According to Public Act 29 of 2013, school districts that weren't open at least 170 days can continue receiving state funding, as long as they still meet the 1,098-hour minimum. That means school districts that had more than six snow days this year can hold longer days for the remainder of the school year instead of adding days.

The new law only applies to the current school year.

(Patch Local Editor Andrew Thurlow contributed to this report.)

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