It's not an automatic. We had to make-up after states of emergency (hurricane- about 10 years ago) and when we closed 3 days for H1N1 we only got a waiver for one of the days. But the superintendent has to apply for the waiver.
I agree, it's something your district will have to pursue. I'm pretty sure we have one going on in MD right now. Someone on FB said they put a bulletin out for all non-emergency vehicles to stay off the roads. It's pretty bad... I hope our county submits a request so we don't have to make all of them up.
A number of years ago, all of the schools in NJ were closed for two days due to the extreme cold, as an effort to save energy. We were all required to close by the governor but we had to make up the days.
As far as I know a state of emergency means that they don't want any cars on the road except cleanup and emergency vehicles. I don't know what else is involved, but I do know we always had to make up the days even when they declared a state of emergency.
We lost 7 days of school over the last 2 weeks due to ice. It was also declared a state of emergency. Our school board met and as of right now we only have to make up two of the days. We have and extra 30 minutes already built into every day so we exceed the minimum minutes required. But the school board had to vote on it and the state superintendent had to approve it. A few years ago a neighboring town lost several days separately throughout the year and the state superintendent made them make up two of the days on Saturdays (students as well as teachers!!).
I lived in Louisiana after the hurricanes hit and we lost 10 days of school and only had to make up 4 days. Again because we exceeded the minimum minutes.
You can apply to the state for a waiver after your school has missed six days, excluding any days built into the calendar. You have to make up the first six; after that it is up to the state to decide on an individual basis.
We been under a state of emergency for hurricanes and this year for so many hard freezes (because of the devastation to the orange, strawberry crops, etc.) and never has that automatically gotten any missed school days forgiven. In order to not make up the day the school board has to make that decision, or at least recommend it and then the governor (I think) has to approve it.
If you go on the DOE site you can find it somewhere. My friend checked the other day and found it. If the "division", "district" or whatever your school is called makes every effort to make up the days and cannot, then days can be waived. I think districts need to apply for this so it's kind of on an individual basis.