MONROE — Students in Monroe Public Schools will attend classes at least through June 18 to comply with state requirements because of the loss of 15 days from weather-related cancellations since Jan. 1.
Michigan allows for six school cancellations each school year.
Because of severe weather, the Monroe district has exceeded that number by nine, including a weather-related cancellation on Thursday.
“By announcing the extended date now, we are hoping that we’ll get the word to our district families early enough that they will not plan their vacations while we still have to have school in session,” said Monroe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Martin in a statement. “We understand the required school-year extension may impact summer plans by our families and employees but we need to make these days up and maintain our regular student attendance while doing it.”
Originally, the school year was to have ended June 6, with a half-day of classes for students and records in the afternoon for teachers. However, June 6 will be a full day of classes.
To meet the required 175 student classroom days and 1,098 hours of instruction, other changes will be made, including adding six full days and three half days of instruction.
Changes include: May 21, which would have been no school because of a teacher in-service day, now will be a half day for students; June 9 through June 16, will be added as full days, and June 17 and June 18 will be added as half days for the students, with teacher records in the afternoon.