Weather alters remainder of Galva school schedule

Mike Landis, Editor

An uncooperative Mother Nature has necessitated a number of changes to the remainder of the Galva School District’s 2018-19 calendar.

Superintendent Doug O’Riley sent out a message via e-mail to parents and families Monday outlining significant changes to the remaining school calendar. The letter with the changes also was sent home with district students Monday.

“The following changes are being made to regain as much missed time as possible,” O’Riley said in the e-mail, “without eliminating Spring Break or extending into June.”

Here are the changes to the school calendar:

n School will be insession Monday, Feb. 18.

The original schedule had no school on that date in honor ofPresidents’ Day.

n School will be in session on Monday, April 22 — the day after Easter.

n March 11 and May 10 will be full days. They were previously scheduled as 11:30 a.m. dismissals.

n May 31 will be the last day of student attendance.

n School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on May 30 and 31.

O’Riley’s letter stated if any additional school days are cancelled, they will not be made up and these are the final changes to the 2018-19 calendar.

The district has already been forced into 13 cancellations this school year, including Tuesday and Wednesday of this week following the release of the letter.

The superintendent noted the staff and board of education value instructional time, and this winter has already provided many challenges for the district’s transportation crew and keeping school open.

O’Riley encouraged district residents to refer to the website ( or newsletter for a calendar that more accurately reflects the remainder of the school year.