Anoka-Hennepin schoolchildren won’t make up any of the district’s five cold-weather cancellations.
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board announced its decision this week. The district has enough padding in its existing calendar to avoid makeup days.
“While educators regret the lost instructional time, they realize that changing the school calendar mid-year could place a hardship on families that have already scheduled vacations. In addition, the school calendar includes enough days beyond the state minimum so there is no requirement to make up days already lost,” according to a statement.
Other districts across the state have scrambled to restore days. Some cut short long weekends around Presidents’ Day as well as using parent-teacher conference and staff-development days when students would have been off.
Minneapolis Public Schools has taken the most novel approach. District officials are formulating a plan to hold voluntary class on Saturdays and during spring break.