Longer school year possible due to snow days

Omaha, NE – This week's weather forecast is welcome news to area school districts who've already had to use several snow days.

Nebraska law bases snow days on minutes and hours of a school day. Omaha Public Schools students have used six snow days so far this school year. That leaves elementary school students without days left, and middle and high school students with only a few days. OPS spokeswoman Luanne Nelson says the district will take additional days if it's in the best interest of students to do so. She says both snow and wind chill are considered in the decision to close school.

The Council Bluffs Community School district has also used 6 snow days. Director of Community Services Diane Ostrowski says the school year will likely be extended. She says district officials are looking at the current calendar to determine if days can be made up without extending the school year.