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New school calendar minimizes snow day impact

The end of the 2016-17 school year will be extended by only two days this year in the Molalla River School District. The district's school board voted 6-0 Feb. 23 to revise the calendar to make up for days lost to snow days and other weather delays this winter.

"The revised calendar restores six instructional days for students," said the district's superintendent in explaining the board's action.

Board members heavily weighted in their decision the concerns of parents and teachers that school calendar changes not take away normal breaks or holidays, such as spring break and Memorial Day. At the same time, the board prioritized instructional time over grading days and conferences.

The board in January replaced teacher grading days at Molalla High School with instructional time in order to make up additional time lost due to bad weather.

The table below lists the most recent changes along with a summary of this year's delays.

© 2017, Craig Loughridge. Views are those of the author, and may not reflect the position of the school district, its board or employees.
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