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Harsh winter, longer school day in Eagle River

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EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) - The frigid temperatures and snow storms that canceled six days of classes at Northland Pines School District last winter is now forcing the district to extend its school day by 10 minutes.

School leaders have already made up two days by canceling a teacher in-service day and extending the school year to June 11, spokesman Ashley Martin said Friday

Starting April 7, classes will begin at 8:15 a.m. - 10 minutes earlier than normal - to make up the classroom hours required by state law, she said. Buses will also pick up students 10 minutes earlier.

Northland Pines, which has about 1,400 students, usually loses 2-3 days of classes because of winter weather but in the past two decades, the district has never lost six days in one winter, Martin said.

So far, the moves to make up the lost days have been well-received, she said. "I haven't heard any complaints."

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