LANSING, Mich. — Students at Michigan public schools won’t have to make up four of the snow days that were taken during this winter’s snow storms after the governor signed a snow forgiveness bill into law. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill Friday.

“Our state continues to experience more erratic and extreme weather patterns every year, which affects our schools, economy and way of life,” Whitmer said. “This legislation will provide certainty to families and school districts who need to prepare for the end of the school year, but we need to get serious about tackling this problem in the future and ensuring that students receive a quality education.”

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Under state law, public schools have up to six days they can take off for emergencies, which can include snowfall or frigid temperatures. Many schools had to go beyond those six days because of the weather. 

The snow forgiveness bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Ben Frederick, will take immediate effect. 

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