Snow days are a big deal not only for kids and parents but also for schools. Snow days mean more than a three day weekend, it could also cause extra costs, planning, and even danger. Summer Joy looks into school district 25's snow day policy.
Empty hallways, vacant classrooms, and unread books mean excitement for
kids and a little extra work for parents and school officials. But luckily there have only been three snow days in district 25 over the past six years. Shelly allen with school district 25 says the number one reason for canceling school is safety.
“I think the most important thing is just that we are extremely cautious about snow days and if there is any if there any concern about safety for kids. We close school,” said Shelly Allen
with School District 25.
With freezing temperatures, and all this snow, it could mean a snow day, but that means temperatures would have to be 20 below zero. Unsafe driving conditions or inoperable busses also results in a snow day.
A snow day can be tough for working parents; Allen recommends having a back- up plan. It can also be rough for educators because even though no one is at school they still have to pay employees.
“We do have time built into our schedule so that if we have an emergency closure we are okay with our time on task with our kids,” added Allen.
If you are worried about future snow days because of ongoing sub-zero temperatures, you can turn to KPVI News 6 in the morning, go to the kpvi website at kpvi.Com, or our facebook page at facebook.Com/kpvi6.
School district 25 does send out a mass notification to parents as well as a posting on their schools website.
“Our superintendent, administration, and board believe it is important to have kids in school. They need to have continuity in their learning, they need to be here. It has to be pretty extreme conditions for us to close schools, and its usually a safety issue of some sort,” said
Educators want to stress that snow day or not... It comes down to parents making the final choice when it comes to their child's safety.