ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The District 196 School Board on Monday voted to convert Friday, April 19 from a professional development day for staff to a day of student instruction for all students due to the number of cancellations for weather thus far this winter.
Since late January, the district has canceled school five times, twice for heavy snowfall and three times for dangerously cold temperatures.
State law requires all Minnesota schools to have at least 165 days of student instruction each year, as well as a minimum number of hours of instruction for elementary students (935) and secondary students (1,020). The District 196 calendar includes 171 days for middle school and high school students, and 169 days for elementary school students. The two-day difference is for summer literacy assessments offered to every elementary student in late August, before the school year begins.
The five days of weather-related cancellations dropped the elementary calendar to 164 days of student instruction, below the state-required 165 days. The administration recommended converting April 19 to a day of school for all students to bring the elementary calendar back up to the state requirement and make up for lost instructional time.
District 196 made a similar change to the calendar during the 2013-14 school year, when school was canceled five times for heavy snowfall and cold weather.