Severe weather takes toll on school calendars
Maria Lockwood, firstname.lastname@example.org
The effects of this week’s bitter cold will linger into June for Superior students. Although each school district plans for a few weather-related cancellations each year, this winter has hit those storehouses particularly hard.
The Superior School District cancelled school Monday and Tuesday due to dangerous cold temperatures caused by a polar vortex. That move will extend the school year for students by two days, according to the district office. The district’s two allotted snow days were already used before the cold weather hit. Superior classes were canceled Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 because of a snowstorm that dumped about 15 inches of snow on Superior.
At this point the district is planning to extend classes by two days. Instead of ending June 11, the final day of classes will be June 13.
Solon Springs students have yet to see changes in their school calendar because of weather-related cancellations.
Principal Sue Chandler said the district allotted three snow days for the year. All three were used up this month — Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 2.
In the Maple School District, one day of class will need to be made up. The district had three snow days slated, and four have already been used. Classes were cancelled Dec. 4-5 for the snowstorm and Monday and Tuesday because of the cold.
“At this point we are going to see what the remainder of winter brings us -- most likely any make up days would be added to the end of the school year — we'll just have to wait and see,” said District Administrator Gregg Lundberg.
More cancellations could be in the forecast if bitter cold resurfaces or if the spring of 2014 is as snowy as the spring of 2013, leaving school districts in the area with the question of how to make up the days. It could lead to less summer vacation or other changes, such as shaving days off spring break.