By Kelly Youngblood
Students in the area may have enjoyed their snow days at home this winter, but those missed days will mean a delay to the start of summer vacation.
Several C-U school districts have scheduled the last day of school for early June, which is a little later than originally scheduled, thanks to the severe winter weather we had this winter.
A number of schools had to use the emergency days they built into the school year calendar in case of inclement weather. Other districts have used their emergency days plus more.
In the Champaign School District, five emergency days will be used- four will be student attendance days and one will be a teacher institute day that was missed due to snow. The school board will vote soon on the new last day of school.
Unit 7 also used all five emergency days and applied for an “Act of God” day, which pushes the last day of school back to June 6. The original last day of school was set for May 30. St. Joseph School District has also moved its last day of school from May 30 to June 6.
In the Mahomet-Seymour School District, snow days affected six student attendance days and one teacher institute day. The district used all five emergency days and applied for an “Act of God” day. Three early dismissal days that were originally scheduled in March, April and May have been changed to full day attendance. The last day of school will be June 5 for students and June 6 for teachers. The original last day of school was set for May 29.
The Urbana School District has used six weather closing days so far- five that were built into the calendar and one that has been approved by the ISBE as an “Act of God” closing. As it stands now, the last day of school for Urbana schools will be June 4. ISAT testing will still be conducted next week and the graduation date is still set for Sat., May 31.
The jury is still out for Heritage Community Unit School District as it is applying for three “Act of God” days from the state, but is still considering adding student instruction days to the end of the school school year.