Schools Rack Up the Snow Days

by Erika Brooks on February 21, 2013 at 6:34 am

Most area schools are dealing with a shortage of snow days thanks to the snow filled winter. Zanesville City Schools are among the many distircts dealing with the problem.

They have one calamity day left for this year before they have to begin making up days. Due to a water main break, Zane Grey Elementary has already reached it’s quota of five days. The Ohio Department of Education requires days be made up in accordance with the district calendar.

"We have three days in our spring break that we would start with that, depending on how many days we would have missed, our spring break is not until towards the end of March, hopefully the bad weather is done by then so we’ll have to wait to see exactly how many days we have missed to determine to go with the spring break or go at the end of the year," said Zanesville City Schools Coordinator of Operations, Kevin Appleman.

When it comes to deciding whether to cancel school or not, the safety of students and staff becomes the first priority. The transportation director, superintendent and maintenance director all head out at 4:30 in the morning to inspect the roads that busses and drivers will travel and make the decision.

"We’re not weathermen but we try to make sure we make the right decision if it looks like we’re going to be able to get our buildings clear because we also have to make sure the sidewalks are done, the parking lots are all cleared off that gives us that 2-hour delay that gives us time to do that and our maintenance people have a chance to do that," said Appleman.

The decision to cancel will either come early in the morning of the storm or the night before, depending on the time and severity of the weather.