School districts making up for lost weather days

February 18, 2019 06:22 PM

Some school districts are trying to make up for lost time because of snow and cold cancellations over the past few weeks.

A few were in class today, and others are adding time to their school days.


All of this in an effort to meet the state-mandated requirement when it comes to the number of days and hours in class.

Stillwater students have missed more than a week of school because of snow and cold, according to the district. Because of that, 6th through 12th graders added back a day Monday, and also tacked on five minutes to the end of the school day.

Gary Amoroso with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators said some school districts are reaching out to lawmakers hoping to waive the mandated instructional hours to avoid additional makeup days, which would require legislation.

"We firmly believe in local control and if there would be legislation, we would want it to be of the nature where it would be an option for districts to consider," Amoroso said.

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There has been no legislation as of yet.

Although school districts are getting creative, just across the Mississippi River in Superior, Wisconsin, schools are adding seven minutes onto the end of their school day for the rest of the year so they can avoid adding days come June.

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