School continues for some districts because of snow days

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some school districts are still in session this week because of all the snow days they used this winter, and school leaders will be watching attendance reports closely this week because state funds are in jeopardy.

Montague Public School Superintendent John Weaver has a photograph on his computer that symbolizes the bad winter; it shows a snow drift a Montague school bus is driving past. Weaver says it's a memorable image, "snow higher than the roof of the school bus."

In total, Weaver called school off nine times due to bad weather. He says teachers deserve credit for adjusting to the constantly changing school calendar. "There is only so much time in a short school year to get lots of stuff done."

School leaders were concerned attendance on Monday's half day would be low. $44,000 in school aid was in jeopardy if attendance dropped less than 60 percent, but students did showed up for the last day of school. From the early childhood center to the high school, more than 90 percent of students were in class.

In Oceana County, school districts are also in session. Shelby Public Schools had 11 snow days this winter. The buses will run and class will be in session until Thursday this week. Teachers postponed field days and rearranged exams to adjust for the extra days.

Students of Ionia and Greenville Public Schools will be in session until June 19.


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