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D70 will add extra time to make up snow days

District 70
Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 20:19:57-05

PUEBLO COUNTY — District 70 has announced that because of unplanned extra snow days, the school calendar for schools in Colorado City and Rye is being modified to make up some of those lost hours.

This change will start on Monday, February 17.

“It’s not about days, but student contact hours,” said D70 Superintendent Ed Smith. “We had three days in October and December where we were closed District wide and 4 closures in the mountain schools. Then February hit us hard with 2 snow days in two weeks. We are nearing the limit of our instructional hours, and with the uncertainty of Colorado spring weather, we are taking necessary action now.”

The District will be adding 10 minutes to the daily schedule for Craver Middle School and Rye High Schools. Those secondary schools will now start five minutes early at 7:25 a.m. and end 5 minutes later at 3:35 p.m.

Rye Elementary School will add 15 minutes with school beginning 5 minutes early at 7:40am and now ending 10 minutes later at 3:10pm. The addition of those extra minutes daily will add an extra 1.5 days into the schedule and keep the District in compliance with the Colorado Department of Education.

Beulah Elementary and Middle School already have extra time built into their daily schedule and they are not currently at risk of falling short of CDE Instruction hours.

School bus schedules will be adjusted accordingly. Buses for Craver Middle, Rye Elementary and Rye High School will pick up 5 minutes early in the morning. In the afternoon, buses will drop off 5 to 10 minutes later depending on school and route.

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