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Port: Republican lawmakers introducing bill to allow make up of snow days with virtual school days

Alexa Hubbard walks across the University of Mary campus in blowing snow and winds gusting to 25 mph, which created ground blizzard conditions during a 2016 storm. Photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

As we head into another one of North Dakota’s notoriously unpredictable winters, school closures because of inclement weather will be much on our minds. But with school closures come make up days, which see schools opening when they’d be normally closed in order to meet state requirements for instruction time.

It’s a drag, but a couple of Republican lawmakers from the Jamestown area think they might have a solution, and they’re submitting it as legislation for the upcoming 2019 session starting next year.

“Where the idea came from was a 4th grade class at Louis L’Amour Elementary School in Jamestown,” Rep. Jim Gruenrich, a Republican from District 12, told me this morning. He said teacher Kirsten Landenburger and her students hit upon the idea during a “mock legislative process for a classroom study.”

“They had kind of done some research on different states that had some different programs for in the event of inclement weather, you wouldn’t necessarily have to make up the day via classroom,” Gruenrich told me. “You could do it via internet.”

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