Many school districts around Southwest Michigan are close to exceeding their limit on snow days for the year. Martin Ackley, with the Michigan Department of Education, says that each district is allowed six extra days off per year -- whether it be for weather, the flu, or whatever else.
When a district goes over its limit, the missed days have to be made up at the end of the year, something which Ackley says most don't mind doing, since everyone agrees that the kids deserve an education.
Locally, Portage and Kalamazoo Schools both have one snow day left to use. One Kalamazoo rep told us, though, that the figure won't affect whether additional snow days are called. He says it's strictly a safety issue, and safety trumps all.