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

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.

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.