S.C. House gives local school leaders authority to decide on whether make up missed snow days

Some state lawmakers want to give local school leaders the ability to decide whether students will have to make up snow days from last week.

The S.C. House of Representatives passed a resolution 95-0 that allows superintendents and school boards around the state the ability to forgo the weather-related make-up days if they choose.

Lawmakers said they acknowledge that it could be difficult to schedule up to five additional days this year.

"We're hearing this all over the state," said Rep. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, who sponsored the bill.

The Senate could pass the resolution as early as next week.

Because state law mandates how many days schools must be in session, the resolution is necessary whenever a major event occurs to allow school leaders flexibility to take additional days off, said House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, who co-sponsored the resolution. He said he expects many school districts around the state to take advantage.

The final decision will be up to school boards in each district, and tri-county school leaders haven't decided yet whether students and teachers will have to make up missed days. Decisions are expected soon.

Charleston County School District has make-up days scheduled for March 28 and June 6.

Berkeley County and Dorchester 2 both have June 2, 3 and 4 on their schedules as potential make-up days. Dorchester 4 has June 4, 5 and 6.

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