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St. Paul students will make up snow days; Mpls not sure yet

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Officials in the Minneapolis school district have not yet determined whether they'll make up this week's two snow days, but St. Paul's school superintendent says she intends to.

Dan Loewenson, with the Minneapolis district, says there are both budgetary and academic considerations in deciding whether to make up the snow days, the first in Minneapolis in more than a decade.

"These are two days that could impact kids as they prepare for state tests, for example," he said. "So, if we have a makeup day, it should be relatively soon."

Loewenson also says some funding streams could be affected if those days aren't made up. 

He says the district would first look for days within the current calendar to plan makeups, instead of adding on to the end of the school year.  A final decision is expected after the upcoming winter break.

In St. Paul, superintendent Valeria Silva says she definitely will schedule makeup days for students in her district, although no dates have yet been set.

"We have to add (days)," Silva said in an interview with MPR News on Tuesday.  "Students need as much time for instruction as we can give them."