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Woodstock School District 200 exhausts emergency days; classes to run through May 31

School will remain in session through May 31

Owen Swat, 3, tosses a snowball at his father, Kevin Swat, on Nov. 26 at Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake.
Owen Swat, 3, tosses a snowball at his father, Kevin Swat, on Nov. 26 at Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake.

Woodstock School District 200 has exhausted its emergency days, which means students will be in school through May 31, district officials said.

District 200’s board approved the amended school calender earlier this month. The Illinois State Board of Education and the Regional Office of Education also must approve the change. The school year would have ended May 23 if no emergency days had been used, District 200 communications director Kevin Lyons said.

District 200 students were off
Nov. 26, Jan. 23, 28, 30 and 31 because of weather and road conditions, Lyons said.

About a foot of snow fell in McHenry County overnight into Nov. 26. Woodstock received about 2 inches of snowfall the morning of Jan. 23, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing rain and snow occurred
Jan. 28, and then the county was hit with historically cold temperatures Jan. 30 and 31.

If the district has to cancel school again this year, the calender will be pushed back further, Lyons said.

Last year, the district canceled school only once and did not have any cancellations the year before that, Lyons said.

In the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the district used four emergency days, he said.

District officials monitor the weather forecasts, and Superintendent Mike Moan also goes out at 5 a.m. the morning after heavy snowfall to test the road conditions, Lyons said.

“[The decision] is built on student safety,” Lyons said, “whether that has to do with transporting students on buses with very difficult roads or [the risk of] frostbite.”

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