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CHARLESTON -

A new policy will give county school boards in West Virginia more flexibility when it comes to developing their school calendars.

The state board of education approved the policy, Thursday.

It would also hold the boards more accountable for keeping students in school for the required 180 days.

The policy would require counties to develop a calendar that guarantees at least 180 days of instruction, requiring counties to make up for school days canceled because of bad weather.

In the past, school boards were required to schedule 180 days but school cancellations for bad weather didn't have to be made up.

The policy is expected to go into effect in 2014.