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Snow days adding up for districts

Snow days adding up for districts

Scope of storm adds second day off for many students

Even though the snow stopped falling by midnight, Tuesday's historic snowstorm packed enough punch to give many local students a second snow day Wednesday.

Schenectady, Schalmont, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Scotia-Glenville school districts were all off Wednesday. So were rural districts in Schoharie and Fulton counties -- among the areas hardest hit by the storm. 

Some districts -- like Duanesburg and Saratoga Springs -- delayed start times by a couple of hours but were still able to open doors to students.

For the districts that didn't hold classes Wednesday, road conditions appeared to be the biggest factor. In Schenectady, the city district closed for two days during last month's winter storm when most districts were shut for just one day. They blamed it on the narrow streets of the Stockade. On Wednesday, Scotia-Glenville posted that school would be out because of the "continuing poor conditions of the roads" in Glenville.

And the snow days are starting to add up for districts, which mostly build enough room into the academic calendar to absorb a handful of snow days while still meeting the 180-day minimum school year requirement. Some districts even schedule days in the spring that will be off days if snow days aren't used up in the winter.

Students better enjoy their snow days, however, because they aren't likely to be rewarded with an extra day off in the spring too. Schenectady and Niskayuna - Schenectady has closed five days and Niskayuna four days -- are both nearing their limit on snow days. Each district has enough cushion for one more snow day, but beyond that would have to look to add days at the end of the year to meet the 180-day requirement.  

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