BCLUW board approves compromise on spring break, make up days

Robert Maharry

Students at BCLUW will attend classes on one and a half days previously allotted for spring break, two more that had been scheduled as teacher inservice days and an additional two at the end of May after the school board unanimously approved a compromise proposal at a special meeting last Wednesday morning.
The district had already missed seven days of school by the beginning of February due to cold weather and road conditions, and Superintendent Ben Petty noted that he had never experienced this many cancellations during his tenure here.
A petition circulated among parents on Change.org requesting that the board cancel spring break (originally scheduled for March 20-22) to make up the days garnered over 100 signatures, but as Petty explained, the district isn’t necessarily required to make up all of the days as long as it provides 1,080 hours of instruction, a number that BCLUW is projected to easily clear under the revised schedule.
As it now stands, a full day of classes will be held on Wednesday, March 20, and students will be dismissed early on Thursday, March 21. They will still have Friday, March 22 off.
February 15 and 25 will now be school days with 1:30 dismissals for inservice rather than full inservice days, and two days will not made up but will instead be used for teacher professional development. Tentatively, the last day of school is May 31, and any additional snow days will be made up in June. 
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