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Classes at all Ballard County Schools will be in session on Monday, Feb. 18 (previously scheduled for PD)
      Classes will be in session at Ballard County Schools on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18. The day originally was scheduled as a professional development day, but the Feb. 1 water leak closure changed that plan.

"For the past few years, the board has approved a make-up schedule for our district so that students, staff, and the community will know when any canceled days will be made up," said Bob Wilson, Ballard’s director of pupil personnel. "It's part of our district calendar, which been on our website since its approval during the last school year, and was sent to local media at that time. Since Feb. 1 was our third day out for the year, the schedule shows Feb. 18 as the designated make-up day." (See calendar here.) 

Other designated make-up days are as follows: First day (Nov. 15, 2018) the district used banked time, so there was no make-up for students; the second day (Jan. 30), meant the last day for students (May 17) was increased to a full day of instruction. The third day (Feb. 1), means school on Feb. 18; fourth day, March 15; fifth day, May 20; sixth day, May 21; seventh day, May 22; eighth day, May 23; ninth day, May 24; 10th day; May 28; 11th day, May 29; 12th day,  May 30; 13th day, May 31; 14th day, April 1 of spring break; 15th day, April 2 of spring break; 16th day, April 3 of spring break; 17th day, April 4; 18th day, April 5 of spring break. 

If closed days occur after designated make-up days, those days automatically roll down to the next available make-up day (i.e., if the third closed day occurs after Feb. 18, Mar. 15 will be the third make-up day, etc.).

“Hopefully, Feb. 1 will be our last weather or other closure this year,” Wilson said. “We just want our families, staff and community members to be aware that an excess of weather-canceled or other closed days could push student days past the planned last day of May 17, or take up part of spring break. 

“We understand that many vacations are planned using the original calendar’s off days,” he continued, “however, we strongly encourage families to check cancellation policies for vacations set for immediately after the planned end of school, during spring break, or other off days, in case school is still in session.”

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