RICHMOND (WRIC)—After enjoying a surprise week off of school due to snow last week, area children are heading back to school Monday morning.
Virginia law requires that students receive 990 instructional hours each year. While some school districts to our north, like Fairfax County Public Schools, have already run out of snow days for the 2013-2014 academic year, local districts still have days to spare.
The fun in winter wonderland may be over for now, but opinions on whether kids are ready to go back to hitting the books all depends on who you ask.
"School's been closed because [of] all the snow and ice," said student Jack Mason, who's not looking forward to returning to class. "I want to play my computer all day."
Other students like Evan Heiderscheidt have cabin fever and are ready to go back.
"I did have fun, but I'm just tired of staying home," he said. "I miss my friends and I want to have more fun."
Parents and students alike are wondering whether any of last week's four snow days—schools were closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day—will need to be made up.
Henrico County Public Schools would have to lose many more days before make-up days would even be considered.
"Our instructional day, every day, is longer than what the state requires, and that extra time accumulates," said Andy Jenks, director of communications and public relations for Henrico County Public Schools. "We'd have to be off school for another two weeks before that even becomes an issue."
Should an excess of snow days become an issue in Chesterfield County, school days may be extended to make up for missed time. In Henrico County and the City of Richmond, Monday, Feb. 17, President's Day, has been built in as a make-up day.
For now, students are happy with the time they've been able to have off, and school leaders say there's no need to worry about make-up days just yet.
Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools students were supposed to have Monday, Jan. 27 off as a teacher workday, but will now be going to school. Henrico County Public Schools have canceled high school exams due to the inclement weather.
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Northumberland and Westmoreland County Public Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Monday, Jan. 27. George Washington Carver Elementary school in Richmond is closed Monday due to a maintenance issue.
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