Dubuque Community School District considers new plan to make up for closings

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — The school district will have to revisit their options now that there has been another weather related cancellation and three more delays since the day the district announced the 25 minute addition.

With this school year bringing record breaking number of snow days for Dubuque schools, the district has had to make a lot of decisions to ensure students would have the required amount of instructional hours by the anticipated end date.

Although the school board will be meeting later this month to discuss their next steps, Dubuque Community School District spokesman Mike Cyze says he has an idea of what will have to happen.

“The most likely scenario with that would be to look at our Friday morning late arrivals which are built into our calendar and most likely moving from the end of the school year in to be able to cover the remaining time that we would need to have left.”

He says the reason the board might choose this option is because it gives schools in the area less of a chance of going over the allotted instructional hours required by the state.

“What we don’t want to do is overshoot the estimate by too much and we also don’t want to take away days that aren’t necessary to take away and most importantly we want to make sure that for families we can give them some stability and planning.”

With the additional cancellation and delays, there have now been 11 closings and 10 delays total this school year.


Cori Hanna

Cori Hanna

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