- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - School districts in Delaware have had to cancel more classes this winter than they have in years, but it’s not clear exactly when students will make up that missed time.

The News Journal reports (http://delonline.us/1b4GyuS ) that every district in the state has missed at least five days. Districts cushion calendars to account for days lost to weather, but most have already used most or all of that time.

“Rarely do we have a winter like the one we are experiencing now, which has been frustrating for all of us,” Brandywine Superintendent Mark Holodick wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday.

Appoquinimink has missed seven days, while other New Castle County districts have missed six. Most schools in Kent and Sussex counties have missed five days.

State law requires 1,060 hours of instruction a year, but state officials can waive some or all make-up time. Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education must approve any exceptions, but those decisions won’t be made until April.

Each district decides how to make up the time, whether by adding days at the end of the school year or cutting into vacations. Many leaders say they will wait until they know how much time must be recovered before they make plans.

Smyrna superintendent Deborah Wicks said her district, which has missed six days, will likely have students attend classes on planned in-service days and teachers can make up missed training at the end of the year.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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