Update on Inclement Weather Days, Make-up Minutes (Updated 2/20)
Posted on 02/08/2019

2/20/19 - Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding as we work through our plan for making up lost instructional time due to our recent weather cancellations. The decision to close or delay school due to inclement weather is always difficult, with the District’s first priority always being student and staff safety.

Due to the delays and cancelations in January and February, the District will need to make changes to the school day to make up instructional minutes.

  • Appleton Community 4K will need to make up minutes of instruction. Families at these partner locations will receive additional information from the site director in the near future regarding the winter weather make up plan.
  • Starting Monday, March 4 and through the end of the year, the District will be adding 6 minutes to the end of the elementary school day. School dismissal for all elementary schools will be 3:22 p.m.
  • Starting Monday, March 4 and through the end of the year, the District will be adding 10 minutes to the start of the high school day AND 10 minutes to the end of the day. In total, 20 minutes will be added to the high school day.
  • At this time no changes need to be made to the middle school day.
  • Charter school families will receive specific site information from their principal concerning possible makeup minutes.

The contingency plan for any additional school cancellations or delays is as follows:

  • Should a 2-hour delay be needed, the District will cancel the monthly Late Start scheduled on May 8 for all District schools, and students will attend school for the entire day.
  • Should a full day of school be canceled, the District will cancel the monthly Late Start scheduled on May 8 AND extend June 7 to a full day of school for all District schools.


2/8/19 - We have had a sequence of inclement winter weather days over the past few weeks. As a result, many people are wondering how these missed days will be addressed. We would like to share some basic information to provide as much clarity as possible, given the fact that we are still early in the overall winter weather season in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Statutes require a minimum number of minutes (not days) for students to be in session each school year and this varies by level. Thus, the actual minutes that need to be ‘made up’ vary from level to level. Each year, the district builds extra minutes into the calendar to cover a certain amount of missed time for inclement weather.

Recently, the Governor declared a state of emergency due to our severe weather. However, per a message from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) earlier this week, the statutory requirement for minutes will not be changed despite the state of emergency. Therefore, we will be mapping out a plan by level to address any minutes that need to be made up.

At this point in time, only our high schools and Valley New School need to make up minutes of instruction. These situations could be addressed by adding minutes to the instructional day rather than adding day(s) to the school year.

However, this could change based upon possible future cancellations. We will keep you informed as the winter season continues to unfold.

Update: Appleton Community 4K Head Start and 4-day a week partner locations will also need to make up minutes of instruction.

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