LIST: Will School Districts Make Up 'Cold Days'?
Updated: 01/23/2014 7:01 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 2:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
KSTP checked in with districts throughout the metro to see if they're considering make-up days for school day cancelations due to frigid temperatures.
The district has missed three days this year, including the day canceled by Governor Dayton. At this point the district does not plan on making up the days. If more days are canceled the district will review the calendar to consider options.
The decision to make up days canceled by the extremely cold weather has not yet been made. Minneapolis Public Schools will notify parents, and the general public, as soon as information becomes available. Possible snow days are added to the end of the 2013-2014 calendar in June.
The district is defaulting to the Minnesota Department of Education, saying it needs to weigh in. The district says local districts can make their own decisions, but the Department of Education may weigh in on the state's minimum number of days/hours, especially since Gov. Dayton made the first decision to cancel school. The district adds, it's not really an issue for Minnetonka because they have more days of instruction than many districts anyway.
South Washington County Schools
Three days have been canceled so far. The district believes, based on Minnesota laws, the district has one more day it can cancel classes, before having to make up days.
Note from the Minnesota Department of Education
School districts do manage their own calendar, and we don’t get day-to-day updates throughout the year. State statute does spell out a number of days that districts must have in their calendar, as well as a minimum number of instructional hours, which breaks down to roughly 170 days for grades 7-12.
We'll update this list as we hear back from more districts.