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Posted: 05/21/14

RCS unveils calendar
with additional days

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Romeo Community Schools families may need to adjust their vacation plans thanks to this year's snow-filled winter.
       The school district has released an updated calendar for the remainder of the school year, showing school in session until mid-June to make up for lost time.
       Superintendent Nancy Campbell said the school year was increased by at least four days due to taking 10 snow days this year on top of building closures due to issues like water or power outages.
       "Every school has extended its calendar," she said. "We have to do it into the second week of June."
       Prior to the changes, the last days of school were scheduled for June 5 and 6 and would be half days. According to the new calendar, full days of school will be held June 5, 6, 9 and 10.
       Students at Hamilton-Parsons Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary and Romeo High School will report for a full day on June 11, while Hamilton-Parsons students will have their last day on June 12.
       School districts are required to have 1,098 hours of instruction, or 175 days. State law provides for six days to be forgiven, but anything beyond must be made up. If districts don't tack on extra minutes or days they may lose state aid funding.
       The state Board of Education decided in February that the snow days should be replaced with full days, saying they offer better instruction than simply adding minutes.
       Campbell said that the calendar may be subject to change, especially as the tornado season rears its head. However, districts can apply to the state superintendent to have any missed days after April 1 to be waived.
       This year's winter was the snowiest on record with 94.9 inches of snow, beating the previous record of 93.6 inches set in 1880-81. The cold also played a role in school closures, with 79 days that didn't go above freezing temperatures.
       The district's calendar can be found at www.romeo.k12.mi.us.


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