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Several Central Ohio Schools Take Snow Day
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- While some students rejoice when classes are cancelled due to snow storms, administrators anguish over what to do during severe weather.
The state allows for five calamity days and -- even before winter has officially begun -- some schools have already taken two or three days off.
Districts may add days to the school year in case they go over that five-day limit, and such days are typically marked on district calendars. Still, making the call to cancel school can still be stressful for administrators.
Potentially easing that dilemma, a law set to take effect next school year will allow districts to calculate the minutes - rather than days - taken for calamities.
Principals have said this law will allow for more flexibility.
Not thinking about these complications were the students enjoying the snow day outside.
One Groveport first-grader wasn't worried about the prospect of a make-up day dipping into summer break.
"That would be fine with me," Payne Williams said. "It really would."
Not all Central Ohio administrators made the same call as Groveport Elementary. Grandview Heights schools and Lakeview Junior High, for example, held classes despite the snowy roads.
Pickerington principal Jeff Clark sent an email to parents alerting them to late buses, but did not call of class.
"Student safety is the number one factor," Clark said. "At the same time, our job is school. You can't just call off every day."
Ten minutes away, in Canal Winchester, families enjoyed the snow day on a sledding hill. Parents there said the rural roads made for dangerous driving.