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March 5, 2014

School officials to kids: Have an ice day

Arctic aftermath shuts all 3 districts

Somerset —

Once again, local schools got put on ice.
Literally.
Each of the three public school system shuttered their doors during the first part of this week, as the arctic blast that hit the area Sunday night left lingering snow and ice for days in its wake, making the kind of travel necessary to get to school beyond hazardous.
Now, each school is faced with the prospect of pushing back graduation even further, in a year where  it was already looking to be later than most.
Of course, that’s the glass-half-empty perspective. Sonya Wilds, assistant superintendent of Pulaski County Schools, noted that it could always be worse.
“We’re in much better shape than most districts in the state,” she said. “Many have missed 20-plus days (of school). Several have missed 25, 28.”
Indeed, compared to those staggering numbers, Pulaski’s 12 days out of class so far is a relative bargain. Still, she said, it’s more than what the county schools — usually the district prone to be out of session more often due to the remoteness of many of its students’ residences — have missed in recent years.
In the past couple of years, the county schools missed only three or four days for snow. In early February, Wilds compared the count at that time to 2010-11, when the county was out a whopping 12 days.
Yet here they are again at a dozen days detained, counting today — since county school officials had already decided Thursday would be another missed day.
Wilds is optimistic about Friday being sunny enough that students can get out and get to class, but “we’ll just have to see how it progresses through the day (Thursday).”
As of right now, Pulaski’s last days of school would be June 2. Officials have already decided to nix the April 4 professional work day and have school then. They’re “not considering” cutting into Spring Break (April 7-11) at all at this time, said Wilds.

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