Snow Day One Month Ago Leads to Extra Class

Posted at: 06/03/2013 7:05 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s that time of year again, the school year is coming to an end. But in some school districts around our area, the end is coming later than expected.

And you can blame the winter.

In Minnesota, classroom time isn’t based on days, it’s based on hours.

"There's a minimum number of hours that students must be in school or districts must meet in order to receive full state funding for each school," said Austin school district curriculum director John Alberts.

And that number varies by school district.

"Each district identifies the number of student days it has that will then impact the number of hours available," Alberts explained.

So even though the Rochester school district missed six days because of weather and the Albert Lea district missed five, neither district will be making up any time. Austin schools also missed five days, which put the district just short of its minimum number of hours.

"Which ultimately means that the last day of school, which would be this coming Wednesday becomes a full student day instead of a half day early dismissal," curriculum director John Alberts told us.

Iowa schools still count days, and since Mason City schools missed four days because of weather, the school year that was supposed to end going into the Memorial Day weekend ended May 31st instead.

But regardless of how you count them:

"Obviously we want to make sure the students receive a sufficient amount of instruction time during that school year to achieve the things they need to achieve to move on to the next year," Austin’s John Alberts said.