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Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 to make up lost days

Cleanup of mold found at Hinsdale Middle School resulted in students being out of school. | file photo

Cleanup of mold found at Hinsdale Middle School resulted in students being out of school. | file photo

Four school days lost districtwide to cold weather along with three days lost for Hinsdale Middle School students because of mold issues are being addressed with changes to the school calendar in Hindale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181.

Monday was on the school calendar as a non-attendance day for Presidents Day; however, school was in session for HMS students. Also, a previously scheduled Tuesday institute day with no student attendance became a school day for all District 181 students.

“We recognize that many families may have already made vacation plans around these days,” Superintendent Renee Schuster said while making the announcement last week. “HMS students not in attendance on Feb. 17, and any students not in attendance on Feb. 18, will have an excused absence.”

District 181 Board members told admnistrators it was important to address lost instructional time, have the end of the school year end at the same time for all students, and minimize the time in school during June. With that in mnd, administrators are working on a recommendation to bring back to the board that will cover the remaining days to be made up.

Schuster said the following possibilities are being considered:

• School is likely to be in session for HMS students only April 18, which is Good Friday and is on the district calendar as a non-attendance day.

• School is likely to be in session for all schools May 16, previously scheduled as an institute day, and June 2, previously a grading day;

• Eighth-grade graduations at HMS and Clarendon Hills Middle School may be moved to June 5 from June 4.

• School likely will be in session June 5-6, except for eighth-graders. However, both days would be half days for students, as stipulated in the teachers’ contract. During the afternoon of both days, staff only would participate.

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