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Area school districts delay start to summer because of snow days

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The end of the school year is fast approaching, but parents and kids may have to put some of their summer plans on hold for a little while longer.

Some districts are tacking on extra days to the end of the year to make up for snow days.

It's been at least a few years since the La Crosse School District has had to add extra days to meet the state required 180 days of instruction.

"We'll have to add one day onto the school year, which will be June 10," said La Crosse School District Superintendent Randy Nelson.

Students enjoyed two snow days this past winter, but the district only planned for one.

Nelson said making up for lost time is important.


"There are things that you end up doing at the end of the school year and as the school year winds down, but that day will certainly be a day of instruction for our students," said Nelson.

But June 10 is also a big day for some area summer camps and programs.

"The majority of our programs are going to start the 10th," said Jay Odegaard of the La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.

"We picked to start on June 10 for those programs," said Nate Hundt of the La Crosse Area YMCA.

The YMCA and the Parks and Rec Department both take the school year calendar into consideration while planning summer programs.

While the YMCA has the flexibility to make up for conflicting day, it's a little bit harder for some week-long camps held through the Parks and Rec Department.

"The staff that we have on schedule that does run a week long camp, they're running one immediately after following the first one, and so on and so forth all the way until the end," said Odegaard.

Mother and chair of the district-wide Parent Committee Dawn Comeau said while the delay to summer may be an inconvenience to some families, sometimes education needs to come first.

"That's what we pay the state and the city for," said Comeau. "It makes sense. It's what you've got to do. We're all required to do what we've got to do."

On a case-by-case basis, the Park and Rec Department does offer cancellations and credit towards programs or camps held later in the summer if families are concerned about missing June 10 because of school.

The Onalaska and West Salem school districts will extend their school year by half a day.
The districts of Holmen and Bangor did not have to add on any days to the school year.

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