SPOKANE, Wash. - A lot of students enjoyed an unexpected day off school on Wednesday, but not kids in the largest district in our area.
The Spokane Public Schools (SPS) district said in winter storms like the one this week, SPS monitors the conditions throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. Based on the conditions at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the district decided to keep the schools open.
SPS said the superintendent's leadership team monitored the weather all evening long. Around 3 a.m., safety officers went out and determined most of the main roads were free and clear.
The school district delayed elementary bus pick up times by 30 minutes and middle school bus pickups by an hour.
SPS said if parents feel unsafe with the conditions in their neighborhood, they can keep kids at home, and the absence will be excused.
The district said these decisions are a difficult balancing act.
“It affects childcare for a lot of people, it affects whether students are going to be able to have a warm breakfast and lunch because a lot of our students eat breakfast at the school as well, we have 950 homeless students, it affects a nice warm place for them to be as well, it's a large system we're working with,” said Spokane Public Schools Director of Communications, Kevin Morrison.
The school district said, by law, schools are to be open for 180 days during the year. If and when there is a cancellation, those days are made up at the end of the school year.
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