1. School must be in session for 175 days per year with a minimum 1098 hours of instruction during those days.
2. Seventy-five percent of enrolled students must attend school on any given day for it to be counted as a valid school day. That means if more than 25% of our students are absent, the day does not count and must be “done over.” This eliminates bussing on main roads only.
3. Schools are allowed six (6) snow days per year before needing to make up a day.
4. Late starts or early dismissals count against #1 above.
5. All decisions to close school are made by the local superintendent who considers factors relating to student safety - limited visibility, unsafe driving conditions, snow, ice, fog, and extreme cold.
6. A minus 20 wind chill factor is the decision point in the case of extreme cold. This is particularly important when considering the safety of very young children.
7. We also consider the ability of school buildings to function (heat, water or power problems), road conditions for staff, students and parents, and the ability of busses to safely transport students. Slippery roads may make it unsafe for kids to wait by the roadside for their school bus.
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