NIXA, Mo. -- When freezing temperatures, ice, and snow close schools, they are required by law to make up those missed days.
Next year, school districts will have a new option for making up that lost time. For the 2019-2020 school year, school districts in Missouri will have to provide a minimum of 1,044 classroom hours. So if they lose a day to the weather or flu, they can add hours to the school day, instead of adding days to the end of the school year.
Jennifer Williams, a teacher for Nixa School District, says adding make-up days at the end of the school year can be tough for both teachers and students.
With the new legislation, Nixa School leaders say it'll be up to individual schools to decide how they will make up that lost time. Nixa plans to build more than the minimum number of hours into its yearly school calendar.
If there is a snow day, it could subtract from those hours or decide to add an extra day like it does now. It gives the schools the option to do what fits best for them.
Williams also says it helps with preparing for summer school since they usually would get a week to prepare, but if there is a bunch of snow days and they have to make them up they would only get one day to prepare.