The month of February proved to be a challenging month due to large snow accumulation and extreme temperatures. We had two snow days last month, one on February 9th and the other February 20th. The state does not go by the number of days students are in school but the number of instructional hours.
Under MT law 20-9-806(2); “The board of trustees may close school for “1” day each school year because of an unforeseen emergency and may not be required to reschedule the pupil-instruction time lost because of the unforeseen emergency.” The February 9th snow day was an unforeseen emergency and the board approved February 9th as an emergency day under MT law 20-9-806(2). Therefore no instruction time will need to be made up.
The February 20th snow day, due to the extreme temperatures, brings Elder Grove’s total number of instructional hours lower than the state’s limit by 6 hours. Elder Grove needs to make up those 6 hours of instruction before the end of the year. The board approved making up this time by making 3 Early Out days, full length days. After careful consideration to other possibilities, it was determined to be the least disruptive to parents, students, and staff. The three Early Outs that will be regular dismissal times are March 21st, April 4th and May 9th. Please make arrangements to have your student in school on these days for their regular school day hours. K-2 will be a 2:15 dismissal and 3rd-8th will be a 3:00 dismissal.
Once again I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.