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School district administrators plan makeup days

Most schools in central Wisconsin are scheduled to be closed on Tuesday. That will mark the fourth closing this year. Now, districts are looking at ways to make up days.

"Usually there are a couple of snow days mixed in, but to have this many cold days and not even be the end of January - very unusual," said Bob Tess, the Chief Finance and Business Services Officer at the Wausau School District.

Wausau School District averages two canceled days a year, according to administrators. The district is already over that mark with three closings.

For Merrill Area Public Schools, it's the first time in district history there have been four cold closure days in one year, according to the Superintendent Wally Leipart.

Leipart says they've just tried to keep students safe from the harsh elements.

"What we've decided to do is really to put it into the hands of the experts," he said. "So if the National Weather Service is calling a warning, we're going to be calling school."

D.C. Everest administrators say they haven't needed a makeup day in at least nine years.

Now, one makeup day is set for May 5th and there's still plenty of winter left.

"I'm hoping we're over the hill and things start to moderate temperature wise, but we could still have a lot of snow-related days or ice-related days," said Aaron Nelson, Supervisor of Administrative Services at D.C. Everest Area Schools.

As this winter has shown, anything can happen.

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