GRPS pushes back end of school year

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools students’ summer vacation will start a few days later than originally planned.

The district initially scheduled the school year to end May 31. But after it recorded 11 snow days amid the Arctic blast that slammed the state in January and February, it has to make up some time.

The district announced Friday that it would add class time on June 3 and June 4.

May 31, June 3 and June 4 (a Friday, Monday and Tuesday) will be half days.

Under Michigan law, schools are allowed six snow days that they don’t have to make up and can ask the state to waive three more. A bill that would forgive an additional three days during the time when Michigan was under a state of emergency due to the extreme winter weather is headed to the House floor. If it becomes law, districts could claim a total of 12 days.

But GRPS said it’s not counting on that measure going into effect in time, so it’s planning for the end of the school year now.

“We will continue to monitor the legislation and will share additional communication based on what happens in Lansing,” Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal wrote in a letter to parents.

Some districts in West Michigan recorded even more snow days than GRPS. Ionia Public Schools had 19.

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