Schools Could Be Getting A Break For Calling Off Classes This Winter
Gov. Walz: Districts Won't Be Punished; Gov. Burgum: Willing to Consider Waivers
School districts are being surveyed to decide whether to ask lawmakers for a shorter school year after winter weather forced many to cancel classes.
The Minnesota Department of Education and lobbying groups are seeking information about how the last two weeks of extreme cold and snow have affected class time totals.
A number of districts could fall short of the state requirement for schools to be in session unless they schedule makeup days or add time to remaining days.
A spokesman for Gov. Tim Walz has assured districts that they won’t be punished for keeping students safe.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said he is willing to consider granting waivers on a case-by-case basis for school districts that have canceled school.