Snow days begin to lose their charm

(KTVI)– Juggling child care on snow days with weather lengthened commutes makes for a stressful work week.  When Thursday became the sixth consecutive snow day in certain school districts,  some parents began complaining.  But they were not the only ones.

School districts may need to add instructional days to this year`s calendar while students are beginning to realize they could face a late start to their summer vacation.

“We`re definitely ready to get back in the groove of going back into the classroom with reading and math,” said Mary Ann Lee, a Rockwood District third grade teacher who has been at home with her two school age sons.  “It`s been fun,’ she admitted adding,  ‘I think we`ll be back tomorrow, hopefully.  If not, then Monday after the warm-up over the week-end.”

Her ten year old son Payton Lee is realizing that could be a good idea.  “I`m thinking we should finally just go back to school,” he said.

Eureka High School freshman Ashli Wofford is ready for the warm-up.  She`s been missing out on basketball team practice.  This morning she said her mother told her, “school is cancelled.’  ‘I was like, oh you are kidding me, again?”

Ashli`s friend Melanie Marquette is enjoying the extra time sledding, but she noted, “it is kind of aggravating; we want to get back to school cause I think it takes off like the summer days.”

Superintendents are the ones who decide whether to call off school due to the weather.  Dr. Terry Adams of the Rockwood District posted a letter on the school system website explaining what goes into his decision.  “Rockwood covers more than 150 square miles and much of that ground is hilly and curvy.  Additionally, we have to be mindful of sidewalks that haven`t been cleared, making it difficult for students to safely get to their bus stops.”

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