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Northeast School Makes Up Days, Still Short

April 17, 2013, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Northeast School Makes Up Days, Still Short
SISSETON, SD -

As schools across the state are trying to find time to make up for lost class days caused by the weather, one in the northeast has faced a struggle.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School already had a plan to make up time. After recent storms, it finds itself coming up short once again.

As you might guess, students at Tiospa Zina near Sisseton didn't mind having a lot of missed school days this winter.

"It's been pretty good," senior Davonte His Law said.

"Good, more sleep," sophomore Ceyanna Pilcher said.

But even they don't want to see any more snow days on their calendar. In fact, students at Tiospa Zina have missed so much time, the school board already converted two spring break days into classroom days.

Now, it’s decided to turn a scheduled half day off this month into a full day in the classroom. And a staff-only Friday planned earlier this year, will now include everyone. That still won't solve the school’s shortage.

Now it's to the point where administrators have to add days to the end of the school year. That’s one reason students aren't so thankful for those days off anymore.

"I don't like it. I want summer to hurry up and get here and stuff," sophomore Whisper Simon said.

At this point, the superintendent expects to add one day to the end of the school year. If weather forces another school closing, there could be more.

The teachers would like to see the snow days come to a stop.

"Makes it interesting, kind of have to shuffle things around and focus on what are the key concepts," science teacher Blair Elliott said.

The principal says the school has missed ten days. Late starts and early dismissals have disrupted more days than that.

The superintendent says she's only called off school when necessary. For example, they had school one day last week but two busses were stuck.

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