State Senate passes bill to help school districts running out of snow days

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Students and teachers hoping for more snow days in the future might be in luck, thanks to the State Legislature.

Wednesday, the State Senate passed its version of a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district’s allowed amount if a state of emergency is declared the same day. The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive or other emergency management leader.

Republican State Senator Bob Antonacci came up with the idea and proposed his own version of the bill earlier this year.

This past winter, Baldwinsville ran out of snow days and was required to take back a day from spring break. Most other school districts in Central New York came dangerously close to also cutting vacation time.

School districts are required by the State Education Department to have students in session for 180 days. The state already has a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away.

Before students and teachers get too excited, the bill still needs to be voted on by the State Assembly and signed by the governor.

A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo has not yet shared how he feels about the bill.

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