Missed school days now mean longer school year for kids

Ice shacks sit empty on a windswept Green Lake this week, amid freezing temperature and stiff winds.

With sub-zero weather and no end in sight, the road to summer may seem so long.

This week, the wait officially got longer for students in Ripon and Green Lake.

Students in the Ripon Area School District need to make up at least one day in June thanks to the dual cold snaps this week and earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Green Lake also needs to make up time, but the amount is yet to be determined.

In Ripon, the school calendar allows three weather days that don’t need to be rescheduled.

With classes cancelled this week Monday and Tuesday due to the extreme cold (along with the school closings for the same reason Jan. 6 and 7), that brings the total to four. The district has passed the tipping point.

That’s without even having an actual snow day yet this school year.

“So [Tuesday] will be a day that we need to make up ... So our school year will extend now through June 9,” Ripon Superintendent Mary Whitrock said.

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