School coming to close in Escanaba district

ESCANABA – Graduation season and summer vacation will soon be upon us, but for many students school will be out later than expected due to this year’s harsh winter.

By state law school districts were given six snow days this year. Any extra time lost to school closures had to be made up either at the end of the year or by having classes during the school year when classes weren’t scheduled.

“We only had 1.5 hours to make up due to a delayed start on Friday, Feb. 28,” said Manistique Area Schools Superintendent Kathy McDonough. “As MAS does their professional development days throughout the school year by delayed start Wednesdays, we just needed to go to normal hours on May 14 and May 21 to make up the time.”

The last day for Manistique students is May 30. There will be early dismissals on both May 29 and May 30 due to exams. Emerald Elementary students will be released at 1:20 p.m. and Middle/High School students will be released at 1:30 p.m.

Unlike Manisitique, the majority of area schools weren’t able to avoid adding days to their calendars this year. Escanaba will add two days making the last day June 9, Gladstone will add one day making the last day June 5, Rapid River will add two days making the last day June 6, Bark-River Harris will add one day making the last day June 6, Mid Peninsula will add two days making the last day June 6, and Bay Middle College will add one day making the last day June 9.

Both Rapid River and Bark River-Harris schools had previously scheduled early dismissals on their last days.

Instead of having an 11:30 a.m. dismissal time in Rapid River on June 4 as planned, students will be released for summer vacation at 11:30 a.m. on the 6th. Bark River-Harris will release at 1:30 p.m. on June 5 and 6 due to exams.