The Minnesota House has approved legislation to provide flexibility to school districts for the three days of school closures during the January polar vortex.

DFL Representative Shelley Christensen’s bill would count January 29-January 31 of this year as instructional days.

“We’re just trying to make things whole, provide clarity for families, clarity for school districts,” she explained, ” and to just get it done as quickly as we can and move forward so that the calendar can be set and families and districts know where to go from here.”

The bill would require school districts to provide hourly employees with opportunities to make up hours from those days, be it from back-pay or alternative hours.

Companion legislation in the Senate passed 61-2, but it offers a more open-ended approach to makeup days this school year after record snowfall in February.