In just three short days Puxsawtawny Phil will let us know if we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. But until then, school administrators have their fingers crossed hoping no more winter weather messes with their school calendar.
Schools in our area are already at least a day behind thanks to the most recent cold snap.
The Wisconsin Department of Instruction mandates 180 days of school per year. Now many schools in our area have worked with DPI to get that reduced to 175 days by eliminating half days off. The Wausau School District operates on a 177 day calendar. But even this year that forward planning wasn't enough.
Amy Arlen works for the district. She tells NewsChannel 7 students will have to go to school until June 11th now thanks to Tuesdays cancellation. While the district hopes not to have to make up for anymore snow days, Arlen says they're not too concerned at this point.
"All of our graduation ceremonies are scheduled four in a row for the first week of June. So we still have a few days leeway in our schedule to accomodate additional loss," she explains.
This is the first year the Wausau School District is operating under the 177-day calendar. All things considered, they're happy with how it worked and will be using it again next year.
Administrators in the D.C. Everest School District also tell NewsChannel 7 they're one day behind. But instead of making up that day in June, like Wausau schools, they will make it up in the beginning of May. They add, however, if there are more snow days before the winter is over they'll most likely tack days on at the end of the school year in June.
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