Snow day or school day? How districts decide

6:22 PM, Feb 29, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS, PARK, Minn. - Snow covered neighborhoods and packed roads had many parents like Jen Robello wondering if their kids had school Wednesday.

"It's been pretty chaotic," Robello said.

Robello's son Lexi, an 8th grader at St. Louis Park Junior High, rode the bus to school Wednesday morning only to turn around.

"Everybody was lined up at the door ready to leave and only a couple kids went in," Lexi said.

All schools in the St. Louis Park School District were open but because of the winter weather it was up to parents to decide if their kids should be in school. Students who stayed home would automatically get an excused absence.

However, drive north on Highway 169 to the Robbinsdale school District all schools were open.

Jeff Priess, Director of Businesses Services for the district, said each district makes their own decision when it comes to snow days.

"We did see Osseo close, Wayzata. We also talked with Minneapolis and found out that they were going to go," Priess said.

What other districts do play a role in the decision to stay open or to close. But Priess said the weather, road conditions and safety of their bus drivers and students are among the biggest factors. Most of the time the district tries to stay open if it can but Priess said it's never an easy decision to make.

"We can disrupt a lot of families by closing schools," he said.

Snow day or school day it's always good to check with your school.

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