Behind the Scenes of a Snow Day

This is a common graphic of when the news channels announce that school is closed. This week KPS has had multiple snow days. Photo Credit / Scott May

This is a common graphic of when the news channels announce that school is closed. This week KPS has had multiple snow days.
Photo Credit / Scott May

It seems like no one really knows the ruling for when school should be closed for a snow day. Every night that it is supposed to be snowy or have subzero temperatures, you wake up hoping to see the notification from the news or a text saying, “Snow day!” What does it really take for school to be closed and how is it decided?

The Michigan City Area Schools or MCAS website tells you the requirements for what it takes for school closings and delays. The magic number for a day that is too cold for school is   -19 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, frostbite is a major hazard for children waiting at bus stops. To a have a snow day called, the Director of Transportation and superintendent have to successfully have buses drive through the weather conditions within both city limits and county limits and judge the conditions of the parking lots for the students’ safety.

The Michigan City Area Schools website also tells you the process starts at 4:00-4:30 a.m. when the Director of Transportation with help from the plant planning department set out to monitor the roads. The Director of Transportation should also in contact with local and state police and the school corporations. By 4:30-5:00 a.m. the Director of Transportation makes a recommendation to the superintendent whether there should be school or not. The Director may also make the recommendation the night before if the weather is predictable for the next morning.

 

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