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Gazette Premium Content Too much winter delays summer vacations in D-20

SUE McMILLIN Updated: May 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

Students in Academy School District 20 will be a few days late in the rush to summer vacation because of too much winter.

Snow days and late starts added up to six days that must be made up now, so classes will run through Wednesday.

Seniors are the only ones who got a pass on the makeup days since they all graduated last week.

No one should be surprised, said D-20 spokeswoman Nanette Anderson. The district built in six extra days at the end of the year and its calendar lists June 2 as the “tentative” last day of school. Teachers will work through June 4.

If it hadn’t snowed so much, though, the students would’ve been done Monday and the teachers Wednesday.

The district had five full days off because of bad weather — Oct. 28 and 29, Dec. 8 and April 7 and 23. It also had four late-start days, so it had to make up six days to meet state requirements, Anderson said.

At least two other districts, Falcon School District 49 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38, had similar snow days.

D-49 spokeswoman Stephanie Wurtz Meredith said the district builds extra hours into its calendar to take care of snow days and didn’t have to make any modifications this year.

D-38 apparently got out as scheduled May 21, but information on whether hours or days had to be made up elsewhere in the year was not provided.

When asked whether District 20 expects high absenteeism in classes next week, Anderson said some families had called to excuse absences because of vacation plans.

As for what might go on in classrooms next week, district leaders expect teachers to be in classrooms and prepared to teach.

Lessons of life, perhaps.

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