School not out for summer quite yet

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Many schools around the Northland lost up to eight days due to this year's harsh winter.

That's keeping kids in the classroom longer than usual.

"In collaboration with parents, students, and staff, we looked at a combination of adding school days to the year and also a longer school day," said Tonya Sconiers, principal at Denfeld High School.

Duluth School District leaders say this is the first time they've had to add 12 minutes to their school days.

A full extra day was also added to the calendar to keep learning on track.

"The teachers viewed it as a positive way, more time to connect with students and the students saw it as a way for more time to touch base with their teachers on things they needed to learn," said Sconiers.

Meanwhile, schools in Wisconsin had a little help from Gov. Scott Walker when it came to balancing out the school year.

"We had eight snow days and what he did was eliminate the 180 day rule. What the means is, you have to schedule contact time 180 days and we also had hours we had to meet," said Superintendent of Superior School District, Janna Stevens.

Administrators say without the Governor's law change kids would have had to stay in school until June 18.

"We will be done with school, half day on June 13 and we will have all of our hours in, so it worked out very well for us," said Stevens.

The last school in Duluth is Friday June 6.

Superior administrators say the use of technology also helped students and teachers communicate even when they weren't in the classroom.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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