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School districts working on make-up days

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The lost school days last week during the ice storm, coupled with lost days last fall during other weather events, will require some students to make up days.

State law requires schools to provide a certain number of minutes of instruction to students every year, so lost time isn't counted in "days" but in minutes. That means districts can add minutes to each day to make up lost time. If enough time is lost, days may have to be added. 

We've reached out to the districts in our area to find out if they will need to schedule make-up days or not. Here's what we know so far: 

Lafayette Parish public schools won't have to schedule any make-up days, because so far the extra time built into the calendar is covering the lost days, a spokesman said. One school - NP Moss - is running short and will have to add several minutes to each day starting next month to make-up the time. That new calendar will be released this week. 

Acadia Parish public schools won't have to schedule any make-up days, because so far the extra time built into the calendar is covering the lost days. 

Evangeline Parish public schools will have to make up time. They could add minutes to the day or schedule make-up days. That decision hasn't been made. 

St. Martin Parish public schools will have to make up time. Officials are working on a plan and will release it as soon as it is finished. 

St. Mary Parish public schools will have to make up time. Officials are working on a plan and will release it as soon as it is finished. 

St. Landry Parish public schools will have to make up time. Officials are working on a plan and will release it as soon as it is finished. 

Iberia Parish public schools will have to make up time. A plan to make up time will be presented to the board at its February 7 meeting. 

Vermilion Parish public schools will not have to make up time; so far the extra time built into the calendar is covering the lost days. 

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