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Beaver Dam Schools will officially end the year on June 5

March 13, 2019

Schools in Beaver Dam will officially end on June 5 this year after a rough winter wiped out several days of classes, forcing some to be added to the end of the year.

The Beaver Dam Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved adding three days to the end of the school calendar. Beaver Dam has had six weather-related school closures this year.

Beaver Dam Superintendent Mark DiStefano sent out an email Feb. 12 informing parents that he was looking at extending the school year calendar from May 31 to June 5.

The Beaver Dam School District canceled classes on Jan. 23, Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 for snow, Jan. 30 and 31 for cold and Feb. 7 for ice.

“There wasn’t a day that you canceled that we should have been in school,” school board president John Kraus Jr. said to DiStefano.

The board also approved adding placeholders on the 2019-20 school calendar to have June 1, 2 and 3 in case emergency makeup days are needed on that year’s calendar.

“This winter was historic,” DiStefano said. “Hopefully we don’t see one like this anytime soon.”

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction no longer has a minimum amount of days required for students, but rather a minimum number of hours of instruction.

Beaver Dam’s calendar for 2018-19 had 172 days of contact with up to three days of weather-related cancellations and late starts/early dismissals factored in, DiStefano said.

Summer school will still begin June 10. DiStefano said he felt extending the calendar was better than adding time to the days or taking away some of the in-service or spring break days.

Beaver Dam High School will still have its graduation June 2.

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