Tuesday marks the 5th day students at Benilde-St. Margaret's have been told to stay home.

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Tuesday marks the fifth day students at Benilde-St. Margaret's School have been told to stay home this school year.

"I have been in education for 27 years and I have never seen anything like this," said the school's principal, Dr. Susan Skinner. "It's very frustrating."

She has made the decision to hold classes online, rather than forgoing more instruction time.

"We would prefer to be in session, face-to-face with students but when we can't be, I think the online school is a great option for us," said Skinner.

Katie Segner, a senior taking AP classes, appreciates the online classes with test dates fast approaching.

"Missing days in school, you're missing part of the curriculum that's been planned since the beginning of the year, so it's just nice to stay on track," said Segner.

Benilde-St. Margaret's gives each student a school-issued laptop, which makes online classes possible. It's a luxury many public schools don't have.

Monday night, Edina's school board met to discuss make-up day options with school leaders calling the loss of class time "critical."

Minneapolis has already announced two make-up days in the months to come.

"Really, the calendars are controlled locally," said Josh Collins with the Minnesota Department of Education.

The state mandates public schools have a minimum 165 days of instruction each year, but beyond that, it's up to the school districts.

Some districts like Hopkins and St. Paul have already reached the 165-day threshold.

At Benilde-St. Margaret's, Skinner says making the decision to cancel classes is something she has grappled with.

"Part of me thinks, 'Come on, we can do this. Just bundle up and get out there. We're from Minnesota,'" said Skinner. "The other part of me understands that it really is about student safety."

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