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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford County's Board of Education will have to decide whether to keep tacking on makeup days to the end of the school year or waive some days because of recent snow.

Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr said state law requires students to get either 180 days of school or a minimum of 1,025 hours.

She said many school districts like GCS strive to get more than the required number, but they will get the minimum hours this year despite multiple snow days.

Multiple inclement weather makeup days make it tough to shuffle the calendar at the end of the calendar year.

"That's always a challenge because there are limited places you can go. You're basically looking at either Spring Break or you're looking at the end of the school year this far along," Carr pointed out. "We're just going to probably have to let go of some days, waive them. That's going to be staff's recommendation that we don't continue adding days, adding days, adding days to the end of the calendar year."

She said stretching the year into the summer can make it hard on families with plans in June and July.

The Board of Education will ultimately have to make the decision. It has a meeting scheduled Thursday, but it could be canceled depending on snow.

Senator Gladys Robinson recently proposed a bill that would possibly allow GCS to set its own start and end days for the school calendar.

"It would definitely help. Local control would give us more flexibility regarding when school starts at the beginning of the year and when it ends. It's actually the late start of the school year that makes it more challenging towards the end of the school year," Carr pointed out.

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