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Fairbanks schools seek 180-day requirement waiver

By Associated Press 9:06 AM January 27, 2014

Fairbanks schools closed for three days in November during an ice storm and a prolonged power outage.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District plans to ask the Department of Education commissioner for a waiver from the requirement that students spend 180 days in school.

Fairbanks schools Friday closed for a fourth day this school year. To meet the 180-day requirement, students would have to return for one day of school after the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

The school district had plans in place for up to three makeup days.

Fairbanks schools closed for three days in November during an ice storm and a prolonged power outage.

Education Commissioner Mike Hanley can grant a waiver from the 180-day requirement set in law by declaring an emergency closure day for a district “because of conditions posing a threat to the health or safety of student.”

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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