Mother Nature put a damper Monday on the Rock Island-Milan School District's plans to use Presidents Day, which students normally have off, to make up one of the snow days it used earlier this year.

A winter storm that pummeled the Quad-Cities forced the district to use its fifth snow day. Most local districts, such as Moline-Coal Valley, East Moline, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley, already had the day off for the holiday.

Rock Island-Milan spokeswoman Holly Sparkman said the district’s immediate plan is to add a day on the end of the school year, meaning students will be released for the summer June 9.

Sparkman said Superintendent Mike Oberhaus will apply to the state for an “Act of God” exemption if another snow day is declared.

Illinois districts can apply for the exemption that allows them to forgo making up additional days canceled because of the weather without penalty of losing state aid if they have to use more than five emergency days.

The exemption must be approved by both the regional office education and state Department of Education.

The school board earlier this month approved a calendar change that had students attending school Monday and March 31, a teacher in-service day that would have been the last day of spring break for students.

Sparkman said the district still plans to use the March date as a make-up day.

The Davenport Community School District also used its fifth snow day Monday, which will be tacked on to the end of the school year.

Students now are scheduled to be released for the summer on May 30.

Spokeswoman Dawn Saul said students attended school on Presidents Day the past two years, instead of on Veterans Day, as part of contract negotiations with teachers.

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