WV Board Of Education Approves School Calendar Changes

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A new state policy gives county school systems in West Virginia more control over their school calendars.

The policy approved Wednesday by the West Virginia Board of Education provides two options for making up canceled school days. County boards can use either available non-instructional days or an out-of-calendar day.

The Department of Education says in a news release that the change will allow county school boards to avoid using a particular non-instructional day to make a canceled school day.

Counties are required to keep students in school for 180 days. In 2012, heavy snow from Superstorm Sandy forced some counties to cancel classes for more than a week.

The new policy also allows year-round school calendars. The Department of Education says year-round calendars are optional, and not a state mandate.