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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla students back after extended break

  • Rolla public schools were back in session on Friday after an extended winter break. Heavy snow and record-breaking cold temperatures in the area beginning on Sunday, Jan. 5, caused the district to cancel school from Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6-9.
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  • Rolla public schools were back in session on Friday after an extended winter break.
    Heavy snow and record-breaking cold temperatures in the area beginning on Sunday, Jan. 5, caused the district to cancel school from Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6-9.
    Such a closure is not that unusual for this time of the year according to Dr. Aaron Zalis, superintendent of Rolla Public Schools. He told the Daily News that in 2011, the district had nine snow days.
    So far for the 2013-14 school year, the district has had five snow days.
    District school buses were running on their snow routes on Friday. Zalis said that the district had a 93 percent attendance rate throughout the district's seven schools.
    That is just a few points lower than the district's normal rate.
    "Teachers and students were glad to be back," Zalis noted, "and so were the parents."
    These five snow days will be made up. Zalis said that school will be in session on Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Day), Feb. 17 (President's Day) and May 19-21.

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