Are Schools Running Out Of Snow Days?Posted: Updated:
When snow falls or ice forms, school districts have to make a tough decision - keep school open or cancel.
Some districts have had a lot of snow days so far this year.
"We built in seven and so far we have had to close five times. So we have two remaining snow days," said Mary Beth Denny, the superintendent of the South Jefferson Central School District.
She says there is some concern the district will hit the snow day limit, but ultimately, students come first.
"Am I nervous that we might go over? Absolutely, but that can't change what we decide on a daily basis in terms of safety," she said.
Some school districts like Carthage and Watertown have already used up all of their emergency days. Watertown's superintendent says that's unusual to happen, especially this early in the year.
"Has it happened? Yes, but it seems like it's just a little bit early this year," said Patti LaBarr, Watertown superintendent. "The next snow day that we use or the next several snow days that we use, they will come off the April vacation."
Superintendents understand that taking days away from vacation can be inconvenient, but they have to meet the state's requirement, which is there has to be 180 school days in the year.