In a response to the number of school days lost due to snow and other weather this winter the Mitchell County School System has taken measures to make sure that the county students reach the required hours set by the state. Mitchell Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Spurling said that the school system has already missed 15 days of school so far this winter with another 22 hours lost from delays and early dismissals. Winter weather last week has caused the school system to start school on Saturday for any additional school closures from this point forward according to Spurling. Starting March 19th the school system will add 30 minutes to the end of each school day with the exception of Friday in an attempt to meet the states required 185 school days or 1,025 instructional hours. As of last Monday Mitchell County students had attended school 101 days so far this school year.