January school closings may lead to makeup days in June

  • Article by: Kim McGuire , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 8:49 AM

Cold-related school closings have districts checking their calendars to make sure they’ll meet the state-required 170-day minimum.

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susiebillJan. 23, 1410:08 PM

It was -28* this morning in Roseau with a -35* windchill. School was NOT closed. Only day we closed up here this winter was the day declared by the governor!

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mgmckeJan. 23, 1410:11 PM

The state only requires 165 days. Here's the law. 2013 Minnesota Statute 120A.41 LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR; HOURS OF INSTRUCTION A school board's annual school calendar must include at least 425 hours of instruction for a kindergarten student without a disability, 935 hours of instruction for a student in grades 1 through 6, and 1,020 hours of instruction for a student in grades 7 through 12, not including summer school. The school calendar for all-day kindergarten must include at least 850 hours of instruction for the school year. A school board's annual calendar must include at least 165 days of instruction for a student in grades 1 through 11 unless a four-day week schedule has been approved by the commissioner under section 124D.126.

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jimdryJan. 23, 1410:24 PM

Are imports from california making these decisions to close schools. I went to school in minnesota in the 60's I don't remember ever closing school because of cold. and things are so much better today, clothes, cars, heating systems, school busses. I just think this is ridiculous.

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ussforrestalJan. 23, 1410:34 PM

Why not shorten spring break? With all those days off spring break really that necessary? No.

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offmylawnJan. 23, 1410:35 PM

Monday looks like the worst day all winter.

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stpaulisbestJan. 23, 1410:40 PM

Well, who told them to close in the first place? We used to go to school in the same weather we've had this year. Kids in Moorhead regularly go to school in this weather. An in Fosston and Little Falls. We didn't tell them to close the schools. First it was the governor and now districts are mimicking him. Well, close the schools if you want, but when the scheduled year is done my kids will be heading up north with me whether you add extra days or not. We didn't ask you to close the schools.

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busdriver37Jan. 23, 1410:45 PM

On the plus side: Today was colder (or seemed colder? maybe I'm getting soft) than the day our school district elected to cancel on Tuesday, January 7, so at least they displayed some consistency in canceling today. (I can't say they do the same re: snow days.) On the down side: Seriously, have our administrators never observed a school bus stop in our suburban district? The kids don't wait OUTside at the bus stops - they wait INside parents' cars. It's a practice I generally consider silly (why not drive a few extra blocks and just drop your kid off at the school?) but one that certainly does minimize the frostbite concerns.

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Lifeguard06Jan. 23, 1410:46 PM

there shouldn't be any makeup and roseau you'd be closed if there weren't trees. if you can't see the umc turn off right next to it there is no reason to have school

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gemie1Jan. 23, 1411:31 PM

It's going to be a long winter! St. Paul was off Monday (Martin Luther king and teacher workshops), Tuesday and Thursday and school will probably be closed on Monday and Tuesday. I would rather see them shorten spring break than extend the school year.

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bwikJan. 23, 1411:33 PM

This fragile attitude is relatively new. In the 80s-90s "cold days" hadn't been invented yet. Maybe 1 per decade tops. Bemidji schools were in session Thursday. It's Minnesota -- deal with it.

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