Calamity Days

by Brittany Harris on February 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

With the recent winter storms, snow days are beginning to add up for area schools.

Kevin Appleman of the Zanesville City Schools said they have now exceeded their third and final calamity day, which now means they must make up a day of school at the end of the year.

"I don’t think it’ll be too bad, it’ll be fine, but then again I’m not a weather forecaster, I’m not sure how many more snow days we’ll have but just to assure everybody out there, we look at it for the safety of all children, out staff members, everybody before putting anybody in any danger," said Appleman.

The administration ultimately decides whether they’ll have a two-hour delay or a snow day. He said they have a lot of factors to consider, especially for students who live in rural areas and those who walk to school.

"There’s side streets, students have to walk, the sidewalks aren’t always clear and there are other areas out towards the county that we have to go on that probably aren’t getting cleaned as quickly," he said.

The state has yet to inform the schools of what will happen now that many area districts have used all three of their calamity days.