District 65 School Superintendent Hardy Murphy has announced that the school year will end two days later this year because of the days the schools were closed last week because of the blizzard.

Murphy says Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, will now be regular school days, and Monday, June 13, will be the last day of school with students attending for one hour.

In addition he said that the state board of education has given districts an additional week for the administration of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. So, ISAT testing will begin during the week of March 14, and the following week is reserved for make-up exams for students who may be absent during the first week of testing.

Graduation ceremonies for 8th graders and Park School students are also being rescheduled, with details to come from schol principals in the near future.

Murphy says, “I know that schedule changes can be inconvenient. In my more than ten-year history as your superintendent of schools, this is the first time we have had to use emergency days.”

“Student and staff safety depended upon canceling school and school-related activities,” he added, so this year’s schedule changes were unavoidable.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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