The state Board of Education has approved a new policy that would give county school boards in West Virginia more flexibility to develop their school calendars.
The Charleston Gazette reports the policy adopted Thursday would also hold boards more accountable for keeping students in school for 180 days.
The policy would require counties to develop a calendar that guarantees at least 180 days of instruction, requiring counties to make up for school days canceled because of inclement weather.
Joe Panetta is an assistant superintendent for the state Department of Education. He says in the past, boards were required to schedule 180 days but school cancellations for inclement weather did not have to be made up.
The policy is expected to go into effect in 2014.