An extra week has been added to the Waterloo Schools' academic year calendar to allow the district to make up nine days of classes canceled by weather this winter.

District officials announced the schedule changes Monday night.

The last day for students -- except seniors -- will now be Friday, June 7, district spokeswoman Tara Thomas said. Originally, the school year was scheduled to end on Friday, May 31.

The additional week, technically, adds five days to the end of the school year. Thomas said extra hours built-in to the original calendar will cover some of the missed time, so one of the snow days is being forgiven and will not need to be made up.

According to Thomas, the other three snow days will be made up on dates when students were initially not scheduled to have school. She said classes are now going to be held district-wide on March 8, April 5 and April 22 to make up the rest of the missed time.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2019 will be held on the following dates:

School Date Time Location
Expo Alternative Learning Center Thursday, May 23 6:00 PM School, 1415 Independence Ave.
East High School Friday, May 24 6:00 PM McLeod Center, UNI Campus
West High School Tuesday, May 28 6:00 PM McLeod Center, UNI Campus

All graduations will be rebroadcast on Mediacom Local Access Channel 19. Copies of each graduation ceremony can be purchased for $10 through the Waterloo Education Service Center, the district's Community Relations Department or the student's school.

DVD orders must be placed before graduation by contacting Linda Armstrong, either by phone at 433-1804 or email at armstrongl@waterlooschools.org.