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Woodstock School District 200 considers delayed starts for cold-temperature days

2-hour difference could replace a day off for students

The Woodstock School District 200 Board is considering a different approach to days when the area finds itself in a deep freeze – including a potential plan to implement delayed starts.

The proposed two-hour delayed start would replace a day off, Superintendent Mike Moan said.

"We would love to have those instructional days in January and February," Moan said.

District 200 has canceled school because of extreme cold only a handful of times in the past few years, but a new plan to delay the start of school would be a way to cut down, he said.

Moan said the change might be more convenient for families with working parents who can't afford to take a whole day off from work to be home on days when school is canceled.

The board's ultimate decision will be guided by input from families.

Some board members have expressed concerns that students who don't take the bus could have trouble getting to school on delayed-start days. Classes begin at different times for students in different grades, which could cause more confusion, some have said.

"This would be very complicated," board President Carl Gilmore said.

Gilmore added that for his family, someone would have to be home the majority of the day anyway if the delayed start plan went through.

"Because of the way [start times] are spread out, we would be out [of work] no matter what," he said.

Those who wish to share their opinions with board members can contact 815-338-8200 or BOE@wcusd200.org.

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