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Springfield schools still in the clear with snow days

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield schools were back in session Friday after having the day off due to Thursday's snow storm.

Like other districts, recent storms have them burning through their snow days.

The Springfield Public Schools system factors five snow days into their academic year.

Superintendent Daniel Warwick said so far this season, they've already hit that number.

"Half the public is always mad no matter what you do, but we try to make the decision based on student and staff safety first," said Warwick. 

However, Warwick said they're still in the clear when it comes to etching snow days into the year.

"We'll be fine," said Warwick.

Because of cancellations, some schools have had to cut into their April vacation or are even looking into extending the school days through June.

But Warwick said because of when Springfield Public first started classes, even if they do exceed their maximum number, he doesn't predict any changes to the school calendar.

"We don't have to take away the vacations. What helped us tremendously, the school committee had set the calendar for us to come back before Labor Day, so we're still slated to end June 19," explained Warwick.

"The law says school ends when students have been in session for 180 days, so the end date on the calendar is always a working progress," he continued.

Warwick said the school department originally had set Feb. 26 as a professional development day for staff. They have since pushed that day to June to prevent students from staying in class any longer through the projected end, meaning students will still have to attend school on Feb. 26.

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