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Lead Hill School Makes Up for Missed Classes

LEAD HILL, Ar. -- It's time for students at schools at Lead Hill, AR., to pay the piper for all those fun days in the snow.
LEAD HILL, Ark. -- It's time for students at schools  at Lead Hill, Ark., to pay the piper for all those fun days in the snow.

After missing 10 days - so far - this year for snow and ice-related reasons, the school system announced on its web page today that "attendance is mandatory" to school on Saturday  "to avoid adding days to the end of the school year."

Staff is to report to school at 7:30 a.m. and students will have an 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. school day, according to the site.

School Superintendent John Davidson said everyone in the 380-student school system "seems to understand. We've been out and we've got school to make up."

The school does not build snow days into its calendar, he said, but instead adds them to the end of the school year, unless they can be fitted in during planned breaks.

"We made up two days at the end of the Christmas break by coming back on the 2nd and 3rd of January," Davidson said. "And we'll be using one of our teachers' professional development days in February to make up another."

That leaves seven more days - so far - to add to the calendar or subtract from spring break or a scheduled day off on the Friday before Easter, he said.

Lead Hill is in north-central Arkansas about 35 miles southeast of Branson, Mo.



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