Parents weigh in on added school days

By KBJR News 1

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- Parents in Northland school districts are reacting to the options outlined to make up the multiple snow days used this winter.

The heavy snow fall and extreme cold temperatures this winter have caused the Duluth and Superior school districts to cancel school seven times.

Now, they're left weighing options on how to make–up that time.

The first option adds additional time to each school day, the second adds additional school days at the end of the year.

"I would be all for putting more minutes on to a day or if possible taking any more of the vacation days away, I know there's not a whole lot left; kids need to be kids." said Jennifer Yliniemi, a mom of four from Superior.

She said summer is important so kids can spend time with their families.

Sara Lemke echoes those remarks, saying kids wait all year for summer and don't get much time to be out enjoying it.

"I think that summer is important for kids and that it is their time for them to be outside and it feels like our summers are getting shorter every year," said Lemke.

It was another story for Andrew Schoeder in Duluth. He says adding an extra day at the end of the year is more convenient.

"If they add that time on, I work afternoons so it would kind of interfere with my schedule I suppose a little bit. 12 minutes is 12 minutes," said Schoeder.

Jessica Roskoski agrees, saying as the temperatures get warmer, kids are going to be antsy to be outside and won't want to be in a classroom for extra time each day.

"Just try to get it over with in one day rather than adding more time to the rest of the school day for the rest of the year. I just think it would be quicker, painless, wouldn't mess up people's schedules," said Roskoski.

The Duluth School Board will vote on March 18 on which option to use.

The Superior School Board will wait on a decision from the Wisconsin Legislature on whether it's legal to make up the time in longer days rather than a longer year.

Superior School District officials say they may send out surveys asking parents for their input.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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