It's only ten minutes, but it adds up. The Maple School District has added ten additional minutes to the school day - divided out so that students start their day five minutes earlier in the morning and stay in those classrooms an additional five minutes at the end of the afternoon.

With the addition of ten minutes a day, the school district will be able to bank an additional two curriculum days, which will be used for snow days in the 2022-2023 school year. The change went into effect on January 17, with school now starting at 8:05 AM and ending at 3:25 PM.

The rearranged school day - with the extended times - were caused because the Maple School District went through the three snow days they had built into the calendar at the beginning of the year. According to details shared in an article in the Superior Telegram [paywall], Maple Schools used for the snow storms that happened on November 18 and again on December 14 and December 15.

Those five additional minutes in the morning will "net the district a fourth snow day".  Meanwhile the "five minutes at the end of the day will add a fifth". When combined, the net result for school administrators is two additional snow days, which adds up to five total for the school year. The move is a calculated strategy piece.

What happens if they're not needed? The two gained days would "be deducted from the end of the calendar and students, teachers, and staff would start summer vacation early in June".

Meanwhile, if the district finds itself in need of additional snow days (more than the two they're gaining), "they would be added to the end of the school calendar in June, extending the school year". Similar to many school districts, the Maple School District aims to not have to extend the school year into the summer months if at all possible.

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