by Paul Groessel
Sun POST Newspapers
After Osseo Area Schools and many other districts cancelled school days because of extreme cold this winter, administrators have scheduled two make-up days.
On Friday, Jan. 31, the district scheduled the following make-up days:
• Friday, March 7, will be a regular school day for pre-K through 12th-grade students.
• Friday, April 18, will be a regular school day for pre-K through 12th-grade students. It was originally scheduled for staff development and workshops.
The district has cancelled four days of school because of the weather, and Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all public schools to close one day during the depths of the polar vortex.
“As you might imagine, schools all over the metro area are considering the impact of recent school closures due to cold and snow on instructional time, employee contracts, school calendars, state testing windows and school finance,” Osseo Area Schools Supt. Kate Maguire said during a meeting Jan. 28. “While we certainly don’t remember anything like this occurring for many, many decades, we know that it’s been frustrating for parents, staff and students.”
State law requires 165 days of school in a year. The district has some flexibility built in for the kindergarten through sixth grade levels, Maguire said but a little less flexibility for secondary grades because of school schedules and time requirements.
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