Students make up two school closing days

Students in the Elk River Area School District will only make up two of the five emergency school closure days that have occurred thus far this year.

The Elk River Area School approved Monday at a special meeting to extend the 2013-2014 school calendar by two days by adding the previously designated emergency makeup days on June 4 and June 5.

Consequently, the last student instructional day for the 2013-2014 school year will be June 5 instead of June 3.

In addition, the last day for seniors at Elk River High School, Rogers High School and Zimmerman High School will move from May 30 to June 2 to meet the state-required minimum attendance hours, according to Rodney Barnes, the executive director of labor relations and personnel services for the school district.

School was closed this year on Jan. 6, Jan. 7, Jan. 23 and Jan. 28 for extreme cold temperatures. It was closed again on Feb. 21 due to a snowstorm that dropped 11 inches on Elk River.

The President’s Day holiday was considered but ruled out because the date was not previously reserved as an emergency makeup day and the short notice of change might be too disruptive to families, school district officials said.

That change would have also necessitated collective bargaining action with the school district’s labor unions and would result in additional expense to accommodate replacing the designated President’s holiday with a floating holiday.

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