“Snow Day” Decisions Not Easy for Superintendents

Posted at: 01/24/2014 6:48 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- School was in session Friday at Triton High School in Dodge Center, but multiple times this winter that hasn't been the case.

"We have three days that we work with that we can have where the school board would not have students make up those three days," said Triton Public Schools Superintendent Brett Joyce.

Joyce says the school is on its third snow day. A board decision on whether to extend the school year or not could come if the brutal weather continues, and more days continue to be called.

"If I make a decision to have school and a bus runs off the road, and its 50 below wind chills that's scary, and that can lead to some real harm for students," said Joyce.

Joyce says making sure the children are safe is the number one priority. Parents obviously want the same thing, but having multiple snow days can be worrisome.

"As a parent of a freshman, I want my daughter to be able to get all the stuff she needs in order to succeed into the future, into college and things like that," said Jason Boe, a parent and teacher at the school.

Joyce says more goes into the decision than just a weather forecast. Decisions to start late or end early can also put kids in dangerous situations.

"When we send kids home early or we have them come late, it's very likely that their parents aren't there, and what about the safety of those decisions about kids being home alone," said Joyce.

Joyce went on to say that when high schoolers leave school, it’s likely they’re not driving straight home. He worries about them driving around in snowy and icy conditions.