Bentonville Students Could Make Up Snow Days During Spring Break

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Students in Bentonville might be going to school during the start of spring break to make up for snow days. A decision to cut into spring break is expected later this week, according to the Bentonville School District.

The Bentonville School Board approved three make-up snow days at its meeting Monday night. That approval is not final until faculty members at Bentonville High and the other schools in the district vote on the issue.

Under the revised schedule, students would go to school Saturday, Mar. 15, and during the first two days of Spring Break on March 24 and March 25, to make up days they lost during the winter storms.

Rachel Sims, a local parent, said her daughter would miss the make-up days during Spring Break, because they already have travel plans.

"We are not one of those families that normally have something scheduled with tickets bought to some beach somewhere, but family is important to us. And we are going to go see my husband," she said. "We have been without him for over a month, and we may not see him for another few months. So spring break is our only chance, so we are going to go ahead with our plans to go see him."

Sims said her husband works out-of-state.

Heather Scott said her two children will not be happy about going to school during Spring Break.

"They are going to say I am not going," she said.

But both mothers said they would rather get the make-up days over early than have the school year extended deeper into the summer.

"We don't want to stay any longer than we have to, so I appreciate they've set those days up," Sims said.

"There's only so many days that they can mess with, so there's only so much they can do," Scott said.

School district officials said a majority of faculty members must approve the makeup days for them to go into effect.