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January 17, 2014

Snow days affecting school calendars

Spring break may be shorter, end of school year later

ANDERSON, Ind. — The extra week off from school during the snowstorm that started the new year means students and teachers are facing a shortened spring break or additional days in May.

All the school systems in Madison County saw a delay in the return to classes following the Christmas holiday break the week of Jan. 6.

Students are required by the state to attend 180 days of classes each school year. Days missed during the winter months are generally required to be scheduled later in the year.

The Indiana Department of Education has announced that schools will be given a waiver for the first two days of the missed week of school because of the snow and below-zero temperatures.

With two months of winter weather remaining, the number of days required to be made up could possibly increase.

That could jeopardize family vacations or travel plans.

Lora Mullins, a travel planner with Pendleton Travel Co., 111 N. Pendleton Ave., said no one has canceled their spring break travel plans — yet.

"I don't know if they will wait until later or what," she said.

Mullins said she has been swamped by the number of people planning to vacation over spring break.

"People are traveling to warm places," she said with a laugh. "They are done with the snow for now. I think Indiana has given us our fill, that's for sure."

Unless full coverage insurance was purchased when the travel plans were made, Mullins said people who opt not to take their vacations will lose their money.

"It really depends on what insurance they have," she said. "If they did not have insurance that covers everything it is only covered for certain reasons."

Making up a school snow day is not included in most travel insurance cancellation policies, Mullins said.

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