Pending board approval, South Eastern seniors will attend school on three Saturdays this spring to keep their graduation in the first week of June.

The school district has canceled class 12 days this year because of inclement weather and a power outage, said superintendent Rona Kaufmann.

The board will vote at its meeting Thursday, March 20, to approve all calendar changes, including the Saturday and additional makeup day proposals. Kaufmann said her recommendation is to approve all of the calendar changes for the remainder of the year.

The seniors will practice for graduation on the proposed three Saturday mornings, not attend classes, Kaufmann said, a provision allowed by the state Department of Education.

Kaufmann said the school must apply for permission to count those days, but said she is confident the school will be approved to use May 10, 17 and 31 toward the seniors' 180-day attendance requirement.

The seniors will complete the hourly requirement set by the state without those days, she added.

"We will fulfill the 990 (hours) anyway," Kaufmann said.

The new graduation date is Friday, June 6, three days later than the originally planned ceremony.

All students will attend school for a half day Friday, April 18, and full days on June 4 and 5 as additional make-up days.

Seniors will attend school for a half day June 6 before they graduate, and underclassmen will attend school until their last day on Thursday, June 12.

The calendar is built to account for 180 school days for seniors and 182 days for underclassmen, Kaufmann said. Underclassmen will be one day short of that policy, so board will have to approve that change for this year.

— Shannon Prusak contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.