March 2019 Superintendent Newsletter
Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
As you know, it has been quite a wild ride this winter as far as the weather goes in and around our school district! We have had everything from snow to ice to rain! Like many of you, I am ready for the Spring! The inclement weather has caused us to miss 8 school days so far this year. Many have asked if we have to begin making up school days. The answer is NO; unless we miss any other school days. The state requires each student, Kindergarten through 11th Grade, to go to school 1,116 hours during a school year. Seniors must attend 1,086 hours. Many items count for and against this total hour amount. For example, parent-teacher conferences and professional development days count towards the total hours. Lunch, late start days and some passing periods do not count toward the total hours. We do not have a full day allowance after our last snow day. If we were to have more snow days, we would have to make up some hours. Instead of tacking on more school days to the 2nd semester, we will add minutes to each day so we can hit the required hour total. This decision will not be made for another month as we need to get through March to see if we can get through the rest of the winter without another snow day.
I am proud of our students and staff as they try to get caught up on the school days missed. I am also appreciative of our maintenance crews that spend many hours getting our sidewalks and parking lots ready for school on inclement weather days. These staff members make sure that our buildings and grounds are safe to attend when the bad weather comes our way.
As everyone knows, Spring Break is fast approaching! We will be out of school on Friday, March 8th and return to school on Monday, March 18th. When we come back to school on the 18th, the 4th quarter will fly by! I wish each student and family a safe and fun Spring Break!