ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A plan to avoid making up snow days at the end of a school year is being discussed in the Missouri House.

It would allow teachers to send work to their students to do at home when school is cancelled for bad weather.

Republican Mike Kelley says the proposed House Bill 127 could also work for students when they are sick and can’t go to school.

“It’s hard to get students back on track. So it takes another day to get them on track on top of the day you lost,” Kelley says. “So every time you lose a day, you’re losing about two days.”

Kelley says when extra days are added to the end of a school year, students still don’t show up because of planned family vacations, or seniors who have already checked out.

The superintendent of Everton School District, near Springfield, Missouri, brought the idea to Kelley. And that person got the idea from a district in Kentucky that averages about 25 snow days a year, and it’s called the Kentucky Snow Plan.

The “alternative instruction plans” would include doing work online or some other kind of activity.

The bill would allow schools to send work to students at home for up to 10 days per school year.

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