Local school officials busy filling in cancelled days

Chadwick-Milledgeville loses spring break

Snow blows across a rural road during the recent Polar Vortex. Winter weather prompted area school officials to cancel schools creating adjustments to school calendars.
Snow blows across a rural road during the recent Polar Vortex. Winter weather prompted area school officials to cancel schools creating adjustments to school calendars.

Some 3-day weekends and spring breaks will be compromised thanks to the wrath of Old Man Winter: School districts have lost 5 to 8 days due to weather-related issues, and making them up will require districts and some families to alter holiday and vacation plans.

Illinois requires public and private schools to make up 5 emergency days; any days lost beyond 5 can be made up, or not, at the district’s discretion.

Chadwick-Milledgeville lost 9 days, including 2 due to ice conditions last week. The district has cancelled its entire spring break, which would have been from March 25-29, to make up 5 of them.

The school board will decide whether to use the remaining 4 days as attendance days, or do away with them entirely, Superintendent Tim Schurman said.

Eastland Schools build 10 emergency days onto its calendar. The district also has lost 9 days, and they will be made up at the end of the year, according to Superintendent Mark Hansen.

Pearl City and West Carroll Schools have lost 8 days. Pearl City will make up 5 at the end of the school year, Principal Kelly Mandrell said, and the status of the other 3 days will be up to the school board, which meets Feb. 20.

“West Carroll’s 5 days will be made up at the end of the year”, Superintendent Julie Katzenberger said.

Morrison schools also are down 6 days.

Morrison will be in session Feb. 18, President’s Day, on Casimir Pulaski Day on March 4, on April 22, the day after Easter, and will add 2 days at the end of the year.

Fulton also lost 7 days. It used one during Martin Luther King Day, will extend a half day on Feb. 15 into a full day, have class on April 22, and tack 2 days onto the end it its year.