Skip to main content

Preparing for winter weather, Duluth School District adds late start policy


Following eight school closures last school year because of winter weather, Duluth Public Schools has added a new option for the 2014-15 school year.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the school announced in an email Wednesday that the district will be able to choose whether to start school days two hours late.

Superintendent Bill Gronseth says the policy arose after input from parents, administrators and teachers.

Gronsen, who calls the new policy “another tool in the toolbox to address the ever-changing weather of Duluth," says that least two school days could have been salvaged with a late start last year, the News Tribune reports.

Northlands NewsCenter said that the school district made up two of its snow days last year by shortening spring break, and added more than 12 minutes to its school day to make up another day-and-a-half.

Several school districts across the state were affected by winter weather conditions -- especially extreme cold -- this past school year. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all state schools closed Jan. 6, marking the first time a Minnesota governor closed schools statewide due to weather since 1997.

Next Up

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station

The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8

The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 9.27.07 AM

Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.

st louis co missing person terry - edit

MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'

Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.

uncle sven's

Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years

The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 9.07.03 AM

'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer

The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.

dual citizen brewing

St. Paul brewery to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

Staff will also be required to wear masks and test negative for COVID.

snow, snowplow

Winter storm watch issued as Friday storm track wobbles

The latest model runs show the heaviest snow a bit north of where the watch is in place.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.