Rhinelander Extends School Year till June 12 due to Unexpected Snow Days

If you didn't expect to deal with snowdays in spring, you probably wouldn't live in Rhinelander.

While it's a reality Superintendent Kelli Jacobi has grown accustomed to, having to close school on April 17th is not something she ever expected.

"By 6:30 we had gotten almost 2'' inches of snow in an hour and a half. So, I spoke to transportation again before 7 a.m. and things were not improving. They were getting worse. So, then I made the decision that it's not safe to put our kids and our staff to have them out on the roads," Explained Superintendent Kelli Jacobi.

This was the fifth time this school year classes have been canceled due to snow or extreme cold. For Jacobi, finally making a tentative last day of school announcement may have jinxed her.

"I have been trying to hold off on making a public announcement of the last day of school because it can always change. We didn't have snow days built in, we keep adding on, and so we announced our last day of school last week, but with the caveat of as of today additional snow days will mean that we add days on. So, I held off until mid-April and I am still too soon," She chuckled.

As of now, the last day of school for the Rhinelander District is June 12th. And while school closures are expected in early winter, the decision to close in the middle of spring presents more problems than just a loss of academic time.

"Our athletes can't practice. They cant get outside. We have soccer fields that are still covered. They tried to get them cleared off enough and then another foot of snow," said Jacobi.

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