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Schools announce start of summer

ALPENA — Local school districts have had to adjust calendars after a lot of snow and cold weather this year repeatedly canceled classes.

But, now that the snow has melted and the Legislature has forgiven some of those snow days, the last day of school is official for everyone.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill on May 10 forgiving four snow days that occurred during a state-declared emergency. The emergency was from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 when extreme cold temperatures hit the state.

Six days are automatically forgiven by an existing state law. Districts can ask for an additional three days through a standard Michigan Department of Education waiver.

Here are the official last days of school for the 2018-19 school year for Northeast Michigan districts:

∫ Hillman Community Schools: June 6

∫ Alcona Community Schools: June 7

∫ Atlanta Community Schools: June 7

∫ Onaway Area Community Schools: June 12

∫ Rogers City Area Schools: June 12

∫ Posen Consolidated Schools: June 13

∫ Alpena Public Schools: June 14

For a school day to count toward the minimums required by state law, school districts have to have 75% of students in attendance on a regular school day.

But, for make-up days, only 60% of students have to be in attendance.

Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner said Thursday he’s not worried about not having enough students on the make-up days at the end of this school year.

He thinks parents understand why the school year is running a little longer this year.

“We’ve never had an issue with not having enough students,” VanWagoner said. “Everyone’s always done great showing up.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.