Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has picked two days this spring to keep schools open to make up for the days they were closed earlier this month due to cold weather.

Superintendent Paul Goren said the makeup days will be March 2 and June 5.

In remarks at the beginning of the regular monthly meeting of the district’s board Tuesday night, he reminded board members that the week of June 8-12 would be held to accommodate any future closings this school year, if necessary.

Goren said the decision to close schools is difficult and is affected by such variables as temperatures, wind chill forecasts, conditions of buses, and the ability of staff and substitutes to get to school, as well as the condition of the schools themselves,

The superintendent lauded the community’s youth service agencies and city parks and libraries that made facilities available to provide alternatives for students while schools were closed.

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A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Not built in?

    Are snow days no longer built into the calendar? After last year in particular it would have seeemed prudent to do so. And if I recall correctly last year we did not add one day for every snow day, did we? Why are we doing so now?

    1. Seem to recall….

      I seem to recall they made up one of the four in March 

      And the other three the second week of June. If you look at a district

      65 calander days are built in at end of school year.

    2. Because they should have
      Because they should have never closed school in the first place parents could have dropped their kids off at school just as easily as they dropped them off at the library and other rec centers that were open to accommodate the cold weather school closing.
      Most parents would find it much easier to arrange a ride for their kids to and from school rather than figuring out what to do with them the entire day, most parents don’t have the luxury of just not going to work at the last minute. If for whatever reason there are a few parents that can’t seem to arrange transportation for their child on a cold day those very few parents can choose to keep their kids at home but don’t cancel school for the other 98% of students.
      Back to the original question replacing a day of school so that one is not lost is never a bad thing besides I doubt the majority of students and their families are going to miss celebrating Casmir Pulaski day.

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