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Longest Winter Break Ever? Lake Orion Schools Close Again Wednesday

What does legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder mean for the spring dismissal date?

Winter break is going on – and on, and on – for Lake Orion Community Schools students. School has been canceled again on Wednesday due to hazardous travel conditions. (Patch file photo)
Winter break is going on – and on, and on – for Lake Orion Community Schools students. School has been canceled again on Wednesday due to hazardous travel conditions. (Patch file photo)

his year’s holiday break may go into the record books as one of the longest for students in Lake Orion Community Schools, which is canceling classes again Wednesday because of bitterly cold wind chill values and continued hazardous road conditions.

Students haven’t been in school since Dec. 20.

Recently, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation allowing schools with too many snow days to avoid having to schedule extra days in the summer.

Michigan school districts are required to provide 1,098 hours of instruction over the course of at least 170 days, Harting said.

According to Public Act 29 of 2013, school districts that weren't open at least 170 days can continue receiving state funding, as long as they still meet the 1,098-hour minimum. That means school districts that had more than six snow days this year can hold longer days for the remainder of the school year instead of adding days.

The new law only applies to the current school year.

(Patch Local Editor Andrew Thurlow contributed to this report.)

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