The York and Clover school districts will seek forgiveness from the state for some of the snow days that students missed in January. They hope to avoid using school holidays such as spring break and Memorial Day for the makeup days.
The York school board recently agreed to ask the state to forgive two of four snow days the district missed in January, while making up the other two days.
And the Clover school district said it would ask the state to forgive one of its three snow days, which it had planned to make up on Memorial Day.
Fort Mill schools have already made up all of their snow days. Rock Hill officials haven't discussed whether to ask for forgiveness of the days their students missed because of snow.
Clover district spokeswoman Michelle Grose said Clover schools will make up the remaining snow day by attending school Friday, which had been scheduled as a teacher work day and snow makeup day.
Clover schools already made up the district's other snow day on Feb. 21.
The General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley agreed to forgive up to four days missed for inclement weather. The law leaves it up to school districts to decide whether to schedule makeup days.
State Sen. John Courson, chairman of the Senate education committee, said lawmakers have received dozens of requests from school officials asking that snow days be forgiven because their school districts did not have the money to make up the days.
Ultimately, senators decided to let each district decide.
"Local government governs best on issues like this," said Courson, R-Columbia.
The York district has already made up one of its four days on Feb. 21. The board agreed to designate March 25 as the second snow makeup day, and ask the state to forgive the two remaining days.
York Superintendent Vernon Prosser said the only other options for making up the other two missed days would be during the weeklong spring break in April and on Memorial Day.
Grose said having school on Memorial Day as previously planned "is a hard one, because it's the Monday of the last week of school, but it's also a weekend people go away."
She also noted that Memorial Day is after the state-mandated PASS testing, so teachers can't use that day to help students prepare for the test. But Friday is a day teachers can use for that purpose.
"The more days you can have for instruction before the test," she said, "the better."