Snow Day Update
The winter of 2018-19 has proved challenging for school districts across the state of Michigan. Haslett Public Schools is no exception. As of today, February 21, 2019 we have cancelled nine (9) school days due to inclement weather.
Section 101(4) of the State School Aid Act (SAA) provides districts with six (6) days of "forgiven time" that can be used when school is cancelled due to conditions outside their control. These days can be used without prior authorization from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). In addition, the SSA provides the State of Michigan Superintendent the authority to allocate an additional three (3) days if the district applies for a waiver. We recently requested and were approved for a waiver from the MDE for these three (3) additional days. As a result of the waiver, we have now reached our limit of nine (9) forgiven days.
State legislators have recently introduced a bill to forgive inclement weather days during the week of January 28 – February 1, 2019. If approved, the district would gain back four (4) of the nine (9) forgiven days that were used during that week. If no relief is granted by the State, any additional inclement weather days will have to be made up at the end of our school year. We are hopeful our legislators will provide some form of relief to school districts, as many districts are well beyond the current limit of nine (9) days.
The decision to cancel school due to inclement weather is one we take very seriously. The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority. To access the factors involved in the decision to close school, please refer to the Superintendent’s letter regarding Weather Related School Closings on our website. Feel free to contact Superintendent Cook’s office at 517-339-8242 if you have any additional questions.