The Cloquet School District will count three of this academic year's many weather-related canceled school days as instructional days after the Minnesota Legislature passed a law allowing schools to do so.

State law requires schools to hold 165 days of classes per academic school year. After calling five snow days this winter, the district is down to 162 days, Superintendent Michael Cary said, which is why the School Board approved taking advantage of the new legislation.

The district must also give all hourly employees the opportunity to make up three day's worth of missed hours. Employees will have the chance to do so starting after the last day of school on May 30.

"We are working with our different hourly employees to make sure there are some things they can do on behalf of the district, so our taxpayer dollars are put to good use," Cary said.