Lone Tree students will be attending school for 15 minutes longer each day starting March 4. The longer school day will help the district make up time for days missed due to snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures during January and February.
As of last week, Lone Tree students had missed 11 days of school, which, if tacked on to the end of the year, would have the last day of school on June 6.
However, the school board on Feb. 13 approved a plan to lengthen the school day and eliminate days off on Feb. 15 and March 15 to make up the hours and end school on May 31.
By adding 15 minutes to the school day, principals said that the students would be minimally affected. The earlier start would be 8:15 a.m., and principals said that many students are at school by 8:10 a.m.
That’s the plan as of now.
Another snow day will extend the school year into June, Superintendent Ken Crawford said.
Another change is that school buses will be running only on hard surface roads until the ice and snow clears from gravel roads.
Crawford said the gravel roads are “just polished ice” right now.
“We are going to go hard surface until further notice,” he said.
Board member Joel Yedlik said he had received phone calls from a couple of parents about the snow days that have been called.
“They were thanking Ken for watching out for the safety of our kids and staff,” he said.
Yedlik added: “Let’s hope this is a fluke of a year.”