Winter takes bite out of summer break at Southland schools
By Mike Nolan email@example.com January 28, 2014 8:54PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:43PM
Long after temperatures warm up and the snow has melted, this winter will deliver a stinging reminder to Southland students and their parents.
Plans for sending kids to summer camp or arranging family vacations might have to be tweaked as area schools remain in session longer to make up for weather-related closings this month.
School districts build in a cushion in their calendar to take into account snow days, but this winter has been particularly harsh, with many districts having canceled classes four times this month.
Most Southland districts allow in their school calendars for five days of canceled classes due to weather, which, if used, must be made up to meet the state requirement of 176 days of classes for general state aid purposes.
The last day for classes in Orland District 135 was to have been June 4, but that has been extended to June 10, provided no more snow days are required, said Tracy Marc, a district spokeswoman.
School won’t get out until June 5 rather than May 30 so Bremen High School District 228 can make up for the four days lost due to weather, district spokeswoman Lori DeVos said.
Consolidated High School District 230 has had three snow days, tentatively extending the school year from May 27 to May 30, according to spokeswoman Carla Erdey. She said the school board is holding off a final decision until “the winter weather is over.”
Noting that winter has several more weeks to go, a spokeswoman for Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 said the school board won’t make a final determination until March or April in case there are more weather-related closings. The district has called off school on four days because of bad weather.
Possibly encouraging news is that February typically has less harsh weather, with an average daily high of about 35 degrees and an average low of just above 19, according to the National Weather Service.
But this winter has been anything but typical so far.