Upper St. Clair students may not have to make up snow days

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Upper St. Clair School District Superintendent Dr. Patrick O'Toole will file a request with the state Department of Education that may absolve students from having to make up recent snow days.

Dr. O'Toole told school board members Monday night that he will ask the department to allow Act 80 days to count as regular school days.

During Act 80 days, teachers are required to attend school, but students are not. So far this school year, the district has used four Act 80 days.

The district used five snow days earlier this month after the region was blanketed with more than two feet of snow.

Dr. O'Toole said the district has 183 scheduled student attendance days, which is three more than is required under state law.

If the request is approved, students will not be required to make up the days, but underclassmen may be asked to attend several extra school days at the end of the year to keep pace with academic standards.

Of paramount importance was keeping the scheduled June 11 graduation date for seniors, he said.

Dr. O'Toole said he hopes to have an answer for parents March 8.

Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 724-223-0156


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