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Ellsworth School Board approves make-up day plan

A plan to make up school days previously cancelled due to extreme winter weather and any future ones this season was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

The plan included seven actions. They are: moving the high school start time from 7:40 a.m. to 7:35 a.m. beginning next Tuesday; eliminating late starts on Feb. 18, March 18, April 15 and May 13 at the high school; eliminating the early release on Friday, April 11; moving the end of the third quarter and corresponding early release from Friday, March 28, to Friday, April 4; forgiving the Jan. 27 student contact day; extending the school calendar to Monday-Tuesday, June 9-10, with June 10 being an early release day; and changing the start of summer school from June 9 to Thursday, June 12, as well as the end of it from Friday, June 27, to Wednesday, July 2.

To date this season, the district has cancelled five school days, which were Jan. 6, 7, 23, 27 and 28. Two snow days were already built into this year’s school calendar, on which Jan. 6 and 7 are made up under the plan. Jan. 23 and 28 are to be made up on June 9 and 10. Jan. 27 is designated as a teacher work day (teachers came in that day and the next despite the weather) and is to be forgiven as a student day.

The state requirements for number of face-to-face days and number of hours in a school year were taken into account when the plan was formulated. The board was told, if no more cancellations become necessary this year, they could revisit the plan later to possibly forgive the June 9 and 10 make-up days. This would be an arrangement comparable to most other Middle Border Conference schools, which don’t build two snow days into their calendars, as Ellsworth does.

For more please read the Feb. 12 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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