School board makes decision to compensate for the snow days




The Board of Directors recently concluded that to compensate for the snow days this winter, we will be required to attend school on Apr. 2. The make-up day will take place on Easter Weekend. It will affect all USD 266 schools.


“I think that it is a good idea that we are going to school on the in service day,” Seth Coleman, 9, said. ”Because that way we don’t have to go to school for an extra day, and we can just get it over with and not have to deal with it later down the line.”


While one of the most popular options was to add a few minutes onto each school day, that was not one of the possibilities to choose from.


“While adding minutes to each of the remaining school days seems to be the most popular option,” Chad Higgins, USD 266 Superintendent, wrote in an email. “It creates some logistical challenges, and, in all reality, is not instructionally or professionally valuable.”


Students are having mixed opinions on what should be done to make up days, some are disappointed that they have to make up any school days at all.


“They are taking away the time to hang out with my family, and family is everything to me.” Aaron Ward, 9, said. “We had a family gathering planned for that day actually, and this will be ruining a lot of my plans, I was really hoping to get to see them.”


Apr. 2 was previously a comp day. If USD 266 has any more snow days, they risk having the school year extended by a couple of days.


“Finally, in the event that we must take one or more additional snow days this spring, the only solution to meet the required number of contact hours will be to extend the school year.  So, those of you who successfully prayed for snow days this winter, please stop.” Higgins said.


Students in Jed Heath’s Earth Science class prepare for the end of the term. The students had one day left to prepare for the end of the term.