Most Districts Adding On Several Days To End Of School Year (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - It has been a winter to remember across the country.

Sub-zero temperatures, high winds, and heavy snowfall have led to school delays and cancellations throughout our area.

"We're already at having to make up five days, just in January. We still have a lot of winter left to go. It does give us some concern," said Krista Stockman with Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Like many districts, Fort Wayne Community Schools had to cancel classes for the entire first week of the year.

Stockman says the district already used all of their reserve days. These days were originally time off for both students and teachers. But now, they're mandatory school days.

Indiana state officials are trying to lend a helping hand. Districts can apply for a waiver. If approved, they will not be responsible for making up two of the days from this month because of emergency declarations.

Even then, the Northwest Allen County School District already has several days added to the end of they year. Their classes were scheduled to end the last week of May, but as of now, those students will go until June 3rd.

Some parents voiced frustration over the vast majority of schools being closed on Monday, but the districts are adamant about why students stayed home.

"We've had blowing and drifting snow that have closed one or both lanes of our county roads. So even though we may have residents that live closer to Fort Wayne, who may not realize that, we have other students and residents who live further out," said Northwest Allen County Superintendent, Chris Himsel.

It's important to remember that the amount of make up days will be different with every district. School officials say to call their office for the most up-to-date information.

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