Area schools schedule makeup days for bad weather

After a harsh and snowy winter, many Northeast Michigan school districts have snow days to make up.

School districts have different options on how to meet their obligations if they cancel more than the state-allowed six days. Some are adding days to the end of the year, while others are using different options.

Students in Alpena Public Schools might not notice a difference, Superintendent Brent Holcomb said. The district has to make up a day of missed classes, but plans on doing so using professional development hours.

“The state allows us to use so many hours for professional development time and count it for instruction,” he said. “We’re allotted 37 or 38 hours, and currently we’re at 30, so we can use six hours of professional development time, which would be that one day.”

Rogers City Area Schools students will attend on April 21 to make up for the one extra snow day, according to a letter to parents from Superintendent Katy Xenakis-Makowski. The day originally had been scheduled as a day off.

Atlanta High School secretary Jodi Reeves and Posen Consolidated Schools Superintendent Secretary Lucia Bruski both said their respective districts will add a day to the end of the year. Students for both districts will attend classes on June 6.

Alcona Community Schools students have it worse: their last day could be June 9, district Aaccountant Margaret Negro said. The district has three days to make up, and board of education members likely will decide on Monday how to do so.

Onaway Area Community Schools students have one day to make up, and they’ll do so on May 16, Diane Peterman, secretary to the superintendent, said. Attending for a half day, combined with extra hours built into the district’s calendar, will make up for the snow day.

“We lucked out. I’m sure other districts have it much worse,” she said.

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