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Central Wisconsin school districts battle snow days


The term "snow day" has taken on a different meaning this season. For many school districts in central Wisconsin, the snow and cold has canceled roughly four days. That's more than anyone could have planned for. So, what happens if mother nature forces yet another closure? We sat down with educators to find some answers.

The battle between school districts and the winter weather rages on.

"I don't recall a year quite like this," said Amy Arlen, Wausau School District communications director.

According to the Department of Public Instruction, students are required to attend a certain number of days, hours, even minutes of school every year. But this year, that's becoming a challenge.

"Our schedule was built for 177 days just to allow for two inclement weather days," explained Arlen.

But, classes there have already been canceled three times.

"We need to move the last day of school for students by one day," said Arlen.

With more snow on the way district officials are watching the weather. If the district is forced to close again educators in Wausau say they have a plan in place.

"We will just make up those days Thursday and Friday respectively, if needed," said Arlen.

It's a similar situation down the road at D.C. Everest High School.

"It's certainly been a challenge," said assistant high school principal Todd Bohm.

Typically, that district budgets three bad weather days in the calendar.

"We've used those days," explained Bohm. "We've had four snow days, cold days."

So now, an extra day has been added.

"We have a day that was built into May that if we didn't use it, students didn't have to attend - this year we'll be using it," said Bohm.

But, if classes are canceled just one more time, educators will be forced to get creative.

"Some districts will add minutes to their day to make up that time. Other districts use teacher development days," said Bohm. "Here we'll talk about which one is the most feasible, which one makes the most sense for not only the district, but also our students."

While every district is different, all can agree, Spring can't come soon enough. Because this winter has been anything but short.

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