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2 Lauderdale Co. schools make up cold days by extending class

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Instead of dismissing at 3 p.m., Central and Waterloo schools will let out at 3:30. Instead of dismissing at 3 p.m., Central and Waterloo schools will let out at 3:30.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

This month's arctic blasts took a toll on water levels in the Shoals. A few weeks ago, there were so many water leaks and busted pipes, residents in Lauderdale County were put on a conservation alert. That alert led to two schools being closed for a couple of days.

Students must now look forward to making up for those days because the county as a whole used the one built-in weather day on their schedules the day after Christmas break. School board officials said they have found a way to make it easier on everyone.

For the next 28 days, Central and Waterloo Schools will stay an extra 30 minutes each day until the 16 lost hours are made up. Instead of dismissing at 3 p.m., the schools will let out at 3:30.

Although it makes for slightly longer days in the classroom, Superintendent Jennifer Gray said it beats the alternative. "Some of the options would include Spring Break and Saturday School, but I think Saturday School in the past has proven not to be productive; we want to stay away from Spring Break as much as possible because I think everyone needs that time off," she said.

Gray said she is hopeful the weather won't stir up any more problems this school year, but said her team is ready to adjust to whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

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