Updated: February 13, 2014 12:58PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools won’t get a free pass for the mounting number of days lost to weather cancellations this winter.
The Department of Education announced Thursday that schools can reschedule holidays, hold classes on Saturdays or extend the school year without seeking a state waiver.
They also can extend the school day and seek a conditional waiver when they’ve made up the equivalent of one day of instruction.
The state has already offered unconditional waivers for two days missed during a paralyzing winter storm in January that also brought subarctic temperatures. Even with those waivers, many school districts expect to extend classes into June.
That has forced many districts to move final exams and graduation dates.
Districts that don’t complete the state-mandated 180 days of instruction can face financial penalties.