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Published March 20, 2013, 04:07 PM

Grand Forks, East Grand Forks Schools to Make Up for Snow Days

After another snow day on Monday, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public school officials are trying to figure out how students will make up days lost to bad weather.

By: Jennifer Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

After another snow day on Monday, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public school officials area trying to figure out how students will make up days lost to bad weather.

The Grand Forks School District has missed three days but only has one to make up “so far” as two days were already built into the school calendar, said Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson.

North Dakota law requires schools to have 175 instructional days throughout the year.

Thompson said officials will meet Wednesday but declined to mention any of the options the district is considering. “We have to be a little bit cautious when we select one, since as might have to use another one before the year is over.”

East Grand Forks School District had five snow days this year, with two built-in to the calendar, and officials will discuss the issue during Monday’s School Board meeting.

Minnesota breaks down required annual instructional hours by grade level, with 425 hours required for kindergarten, 935 for Grades 1-6 and 1,020 for Grades 7-12.

East Grand Forks Superintendent Dave Pace said students will make up one day on April 1. School officials will consider using some staff development days at the end of the year, he said.

When the district adopted its calendar, it exceeded the state requirements by several hours, he said.

“It’s up to the board whether they’re going to make some of them up or not,” he said.

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