WILLMAR — If snow days pile up during the 2020-21 school year, some of them will be made up in June 2021.
The Willmar School Board adopted the school year calendar at its meeting Monday. Each year, the calendar is established through a cooperative process including input from district employees.
The proposed 2020-21 calendar includes a Feb. 15 snow makeup day, and adds three days the week of June 7-11, 2021, if more makeup days are needed.
A year from now, the first day of school will be Sept. 8, 2020, the first Tuesday after Labor Day. State law does not allow schools to open before Labor Day unless they have received permission.
Winter break will begin Dec. 24, 2020, with classes beginning Jan. 4, 2021. The last day of classes will be June 4, with commencement June 6, 2021.
The calendar for the coming year is not as specific about snow days.
Asked how many days would be allowed before the makeup days would be used, Superintendent Jeff Holm said, “If we have four (snow days), we will make up four.”
Board Chairman Mike Reynolds suggested that employees be reminded that they probably should not make travel plans for the makeup days, as they will be needed if school is in session.
The 2019-20 calendar was OK’d in early 2018. School this year will begin Sept. 3. The last day of school will be June 3, 2020. Graduation will be May 31, 2020.
“Some years are easy,” Holm said, with just one or two snow days, but in early 2019, combinations of cold, ice, snow and wind caused the number of snow days to approach double digits. In that case, the state did not require districts to make up all the days.