Gov. Tim Walz signed the snow day relief bill (SF 1743) into law on Monday, April 1. The new law allows school districts to count days missed because of snow as instructional days. If districts take advantage of the new law, certain requirements must be met.
■ The board of a school district or charter school that canceled school on one or more days during the 2018-2019 school year due to health and safety concerns may count those days as instructional days for purposes of calculating the number of hours and days in the school year.
■ If a school district would not have met the required minimum number of days and hours of instruction for students, it must report to the commissioner of education the number of days and hours that the district counted to meet the required days and hours of instruction. A district is also encouraged to adopt an e-learning plan.
■ If a school board resolves to count a day that school was canceled as an instructional day, the school district must compensate employees and contract employers or allow the day to be made up on a designated day.
■ The minimum number of days of teacher service that a probationary teacher must complete equals the difference between 120 days and the number of scheduled instructional days that were canceled due to health and safety concerns and that the school board resolved to count as days of instruction