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Bill signing allows River Falls, other school districts, to drop instructional day requirement

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Bottom line for River Falls K-12 students and their parents: Your last day of school will be Friday, June 6.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill this week that goes into effect immediately as a new law. Wisconsin Act 257 eliminates the 180-day school year instructional time requirement.

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The law keeps the annual minimum for instructional hours and minutes, but gives school districts flexibility to reach those totals.

Because of bitter cold winter weather, River Falls -- under the old law -- was required to make up four school days

One makeup day was completed Monday, Feb. 17.

Another was added at the end of the school year -- Friday, June 6. Despite the new state law, this makeup day is still needed.

Two other tentative makeup days were for Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10. Those are now canceled.

Instead, the school district will reach the state requirement for instructional hours and minutes by:

--Having school half a day on Good Friday, April 18. High school that Friday starts at 7:40 a.m., middle school at 7:45 a.m. Both end at 11:45 a.m. Elementary schools: 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There will be normal morning bus routes.

--On Thursday, April 17, and Friday, May 23, early release days set aside for in-staff training are canceled. Instead, these will be normal length school days.

Anyone with questions about the revised River Falls school calendar should call the central office at 715-425-1800.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
(715) 426-1050
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