Since the likelihood of having to call snow days is high for any superintendent in northern Minnesota, Cloquet Superintendent Michael Cary is planning ahead.
If the Cloquet School District has to call more than two snow days this winter, the schools won’t meet the minimum number of days they’re required to have under state law. This fall, the district plans to meet with the Education Minnesota Cloquet teachers’ union to determine makeup days in case the need arises.
With the unusual number of snow days last winter, Cary said the district found out the state statute requires schools to meet for a certain number of days, as opposed to just a certain number of hours. The district has always met the minimum number of hours, but not days.
“(It) was one of those rules that people maybe kind of forgot about and we didn't really pay close attention to,” Cary said.