Area schools are addressing potential makeup days after canceling school for ice and snow in January.
With the district taking four snow days so far this school year, the Pequot Lakes School Board began discussions of finding a day in the calendar to potentially make up for lost time.
As it currently stands after missing those four days, the district is scheduled to have students for 165 days, which is the legally required minimum.
The district calendar has classes ending Thursday, May 30, with May 31 serving as a teacher inservice day. Superintendent Chris Lindholm said the board will likely vote to add May 31 as a student contact day if the district experiences another snow day.
If more than one snow day occurs, students and parents can expect the school year to go into the first week of June.
Lindholm informed the board it could also conditionally add May 31 as a student contact day and remove it from the calendar at a later date if no more school days are cancelled due to weather. However, the plan, most likely, will be to add days to the calendar only when it becomes necessary.
The school board on Monday, Feb. 11, briefly discussed the possibility of adding more built-in snow days in future school calendars. Superintendent Dave Endicott said there will be discussion about additional days, especially for the 2019-20 school year, which starts late due to a late Labor Day and is not a leap year, meaning classes will go later than usual even without additional built-in days in case school is canceled because of weather.
This school year has two snow days built into the regular calendar. One snow day was used when students got a day off for icy roads, and three were used during the end-of-January cold snap. School also has started late and ended early because of weather on some days.
The district will make up two days on Mondays, Feb. 18 and April 22, which originally were scheduled as days off. The district has to reschedule two other student contact days, but will wait in case of more weather-related cancellations.
Crosslake Community School lost three days of school due to the recent stretch of bad weather. Director Todd Lyscio said there are no plans to change the school calendar due to those lost days.
As a charter school, CCS is required to provide 1,020 contact hours with students. As is, the remaining calendar still allows the school to meet that benchmark. Any additional days missed may result in the school adding days or hours at the end of the year, and the school would inform families if that changes.