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Maple School District extends school day to prep for snow

The new schedule will net the district two additional snow days. It went into effect this week.

From left, Luke Sedin, Tanner Kaufman, Madison Bobula and Brinley Tonn, talk about some possible story ideas for the Octagon, the student newspaper at Northwestern High School, during class in Maple
Maple district students will have an additional 10 minutes per day at school through the end of the school year. Pictured, students discuss story ideas for the student newspaper at Northwestern High School on Sept. 14.
Jed Carlson / 2022 file / Superior Telegram
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MAPLE — Students in the Maple School District started spending an additional 10 minutes per day at school this week.

A plan approved by the Maple School Board at its Jan. 9 meeting will use the extra minutes — five at the beginning of the school day, five at the end — to bank two additional snow days for the 2022-23 school year. The new daily schedule went into effect Jan. 17 and will run for the remainder of the year. Students in the district now start school at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.

The district kicked off the year with three snow days built into the schedule, but depleted them before the holidays. The snow days were used Nov. 18 and Dec. 14-15 due to storms.

The annual report cards combine three years of data.

The extra five minutes of instruction at the beginning of the day will net the district a fourth snow day; the five minutes at the end of the day will add a fifth. If the two banked snow days are not used during the school year, they will be deducted from the end of the calendar and students, teachers and staff would start summer vacation early in June.

If six or more snow days are needed, they would be added to the end of the school calendar in June, extending the school year.

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