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McLean County Schools Seek 'Act of God' Waiver

BLOOMINGTON - Central Illinois schools prepare in advance for extreme weather that can hit the Midwest. This winter is no exception.
BLOOMINGTON - Central Illinois schools prepare in advance for extreme weather that can hit the Midwest. This winter is no exception.

Schools in McLean, DeWitt and Livingston counties are all on the brink of using up their allotted five emergency days, or already have used them up, because of freezing temperatures.

That means the school year will extend a week further. But if that threshold of five days is surpassed, districts can apply for an "Act of God" waiver, which factors in days missed due to bad weather.

This way the school year doesn't stretch any further and the districts won't lose any federal funding due to missed days.
"There does come a point, though, where as a district you have to make a decision, how many days are realistic to not make up in terms of student education,” said regional superintendent Mark Jontry.

Jontry says Act of God dates are usually approved by the state superintendent.

Each individual district has 30 days to apply for an Act of God waiver, and districts can apply for multiple days at a time. Jontry says that could come in handy, with a freezing February forecast on the way.

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