BANGOR – You probably spent a good amount of time this week cleaning up after the recent blizzard. But with the constant snowfall, school districts are left in an awkward position of trying to figure out when to cancel school for the day.
The weather outside has been quite frightful. if it’s not the blizzard, it is the aftermath of walking into waist deep snow that accumulated from the last snow fall. There are certain factors that superintendents take into consideration before calling it good.
“I look at the weather patterns and really try to look at the start times and end times,” said Dr. Betsy Webb, the Bangor Superintendent.
Which means she’s taking into consideration that people still have to shovel out, plow and watch for well being of their children. She also has stay in contact with city officials to decide whether or not the bus company can get the kids home safely.
“It really is a balancing act,” said Webb, “If we called school off every time there is snow, given that we are in northern New England, we’d be going to school until July.”
By state law, students have to be in school 175 days. Seniors have to be there for 170, so there’s a lot to take into consideration. This year has been so problematic that she’s now looking to turn march 3rd from a Teacher in Service Day, into a Student Day, just to make up for a snow day.
“Each family has their own situation.” she said, “I make a call with the information that I can get. I know they have their own situations and I have some parents reach out to me.”
Some wanting snow days and others, finding it difficult to find a last minute daycare service.
“There are options. You could look at adding an hour to the day and to make up a day by the number of hours each day of the week,” said Webb, “You could look at the vacation time, but to me, those are problematic because they have such impact not only our students and families but also on employees.”
Situations change. Parents are encouraged to keep checking multiple sources to confirm if school has been canceled, delayed or will be let out early.