ND School Closures

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Gov. Doug Burgum say he is willing to consider granting waivers on a case-by-case basis for school districts that have canceled school because of severe winter storms and dangerously cold temperatures in recent weeks, provided certain criteria are met.

Under state law, if a school must close because of weather or other emergency situations, the district “shall make every effort to reschedule the remaining classes, so that students receive at least the number of full instructional days required.” [North Dakota Century Code 15.1-27-23(3)]. This can be done in the following ways:

  • Districts may schedule instructional days on the designated snow days that they are required by law to include in their school calendar and use if needed. Make-up days cannot be considered as part of a waiver application and by law cannot be waived.
  • Qualifying districts may utilize one allowed academic day (grace day). A qualifying district is one that schedules school days that are at least 30 minutes longer than required by law.
  • Districts may make up missed instructional time by lengthening the school day – i.e., 30 minutes per day and/or scheduling an instructional day on Saturday and/or adding an instructional day to the end of the school year.

Burgum said he will consider waiving weather-related closure days if, as required by law, a district has made every effort to make up the missed instruction time.

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