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Burgum grants snow day waivers for some North Dakota schools

Longfellow Elementary School students stomp through the snow during lunch recess on Friday, Feb. 1, in Fargo. Two days prior, students stayed home due to extreme weather, and Fargo Public Schools has been granted forgiveness for calling off school on three days. Forum News Service file photo

FARGO — More than a dozen school districts asking the state to forgive missed days due to severe weather got some relief this week from Gov. Doug Burgum's office.

Nineteen districts that were granted waivers Tuesday, March 26, but many waivers are still being processed.

In total, 43 districts requested waivers through the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The department forwards the requests to Burgum for final approval.

A spokesperson for Burgum's office said that no application has been denied so far, and they expect additional waiver requests in the coming weeks.

Many schools — public and nonpublic — have submitted requests, including Hillsboro, Valley City and Wahpeton.

The schools granted waivers this week include: Jamestown, Belcourt, Buxton Central Valley, Central Cass, Finley-Sharon, Fort Yates, Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grafton, Northern Cass, Lidgerwood, Oakes, Dakota Prairie, St. John, Fordville-Lankin, Griggs County Central and Williston.

Burgum signed an executive order earlier this week declaring a winter storm emergency for March 13 - 15, but school districts within the 11 counties included in the order still have to go through the waiver process.