ASH GROVE, Mo. –- Several school districts already have at least a couple of missed days to make up because of snow closings earlier this winter. Now, winter weather could result in more snow days, and the resulting make-up days later in the year.
Districts say the ideal situation is to have the ability to inform parents the day before the closing. However, most of the time it's a wait-and-see situation that requires districts to make the call just hours before school is set to start.
“Typically I will get up at about 4 in the morning and start driving the routes and decide if it's safe enough for the buses,” said Don Christensen, Ash Grove schools superintendent. “We [Ash Grove district] are in three counties. Normally the roads in Greene County are just fine but, on our routes in Lawrence and Dade County, we still run down some dirt and gravel roads.”
Ash Grove is one of many schools now adding extra snow-day padding within the school year itself. That means fewer make-up days have to be tacked on to the end of the year.
Students at Ash Grove have already made up one of the snow days, attending class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a designated make-up day.