Bad news for Port Washington-Saukville School District students counting on a three-day weekend.
Contrary to the district calendar, classes will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, and for that, students have a brutal winter to thank.
For the first time in years, the district has used all three of its scheduled “snow days,” although not because of snow. Classes were cancelled on three days in January because of bitter cold temperatures, which, school officials said, is probably a first.
“This puts another day in the bank,” Supt. Michael Weber said of the schedule change. “With the winter we’ve been having, the odds of not needing another snow day look pretty slim.”
The good news, Weber said, is that if the district has to cancel classes again this winter, having an extra snow day is far better than the alternative — returning to school on Monday, June 9, instead of ending the school year after a half day on Friday, June 6. He noted that would result in having classes after high school graduation.
“I don’t think it would be a very productive day,” Weber said.
“And if we don’t need the extra snow day, then our students go to school 181 days instead of 180.”
After the latest closing on Jan. 28, administrators scrambled to find another day in the schedule. Fortunately, Weber said, Monday was to be a day off school for students and a records and professional development day for teachers.
The schedule change makes February the only month of the school year in which classes will be held all day, every day of the month.
“This gives us four solid weeks of instruction in February,” Weber said. “After the disruptions caused by three snow days, we certainly need that.”
The School Board approved the schedule change on Monday.