School board puts snow day discussion to bed
April 30. 2013 1:17PM
Snow days now total five for the Dell Rapids School District but students will only be required to make up four of them, no matter what.
Dell Rapids students started the school year expecting Thursday, May 9 to be their last day of classes, but canceled classes in January and February – one forced by extreme cold – compelled the board to soon after forgive one of the missed days so not to make students return on a Monday.
But Mother Nature had other ideas. The spring storm that wiped out power to the entire city last month also forced school officials to cancel an additional two days of class – April 10 and 11.
The Dell Rapids School board voted Monday, April 22 – while another round of snow fell outside – to dismiss students for summer break at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, again forgiving one snow day.
Superintendent Summer Schultz said many students wouldn’t be attending school on May 16 because of the region track meet in Elkton and recommended forgiving one snow day.
“We will have about 60, 70 kids gone for region track, so it’s not a great day to end school,” she said.
If additional classes this spring are missed due to weather, students won’t see their school-year calendar extended any further.
Board member Steve Stofferahn said despite the persisting winter weather and the potential for more snow days lingering, students and parents need an answer.
“If we have school, we have it. If we don’t we, we don’t,” he said. “We can’t wait two more weeks.”
Because the region track meet is Thursday May 16
Teachers and staff will make up all missed days, using May 16 as a teacher workday.
By law, the board didn’t have to bring students back for any of the five makeup days.
The required yearly hours for students will be achieved by May 9, Schultz said.