Illinois Schools Coping through Winter Woes

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) – This winter’s snowy blast is causing a mountain of concerns for many schools in Illinois,  including Marshall Community Schools.

Illinois schools have to get in 185 school days before the year’s end. Five days are built into the schedule for snow days and emergencies. Marshall Schools have already used six, but schools in Illinois can appeal making up extra days by applying for what’s called an Act of God day.

If the state approves it, then the school won’t have to make it up, and for Marshall, that’s exactly what happened for that sixth day. They do not believe they’ll have to make it up.

Even so, Marshall Superintendent Kevin Ross is ready for this winter to end sooner rather than later. He said that the snow has disrupted their scheduling, and it’s hurting their ability to maintain consistency.

“That’s pretty trying, and when spring hits I think everybody will be relieved so that that question will be out of the air,” Ross said.

Meanwhile, many schools in Illinois get funding from the state in some part based on attendance. That fact has caused parents to wonder if all of these snow days will result in money leaving their schools.

Ross said they’re not concerned about losing money. That’s because the state only takes an average of the best three months of the year. Clearly those months will not include January.

With 6 days so far, Marshall is on the low end of snow days. Robinson reports 8 days and Hutsonville reports 9 days.

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