Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Public School district has already cancelled class for students in Pre-K through 8th grade Tuesday.

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Public School district has already cancelled class for students in Pre-K through 8th grade Tuesday.

The only BPS students who have to go in are those scheduled to take the Regents Exam.

This is an option many districts are taking. While all Buffalo Public School employees have to go to work Tuesday, the only students reporting to class will be those scheduled to take the Regents Exam.

State law requires superintendents to follow normal procedures during Regents week when it comes to bad weather and cancelling class. The rules read in part: "Schools may not administer State examinations when weather conditions are severe enough to warrant closing school and canceling normal bus transportation."

But does that mean it is okay to cancel class for some and not others?

"If a district chooses to cancel for the K through 8 group, and keep going with the high- schoolers, that's their prerogative," says Robert Bennett.

Bennett, who sits on the Board of Regents, says due to security reasons, students who miss the exam in January have to wait until June to take it.

And for districts, like Buffalo, that choose to still give it the rules stay the same.

"The protocol for administering the exam stays the same. They have to be secure, there have to be proctors, they have to open it at a certain time, you have to close it at a certain time. You have to ship it off at a certain time," says Bennett.

The North Collins Superintendent tells us her district has already used all of its built-in snow days, and while she does not want to have to cancel class Tuesday, if she does, she already told students scheduled to take the Regents Exam that they can still come in. The district will provide transportation and teachers to proctor the exam.

The Randolph Superintendent has a similar plan in place, complete with door-to-door transportation.

"If you close, you think about all of the working parents who then have to scramble to get childcare for their students, and then, if you don't close, you have to always be concerned about student safety. And, then you add in the Regents Exam and it just complicates it even more," says Superintendent Kimberly Moritz.

Many districts will wait until the morning to make the call. For example, Lancaster, which was closed Monday, told us the decision about Tuesday has not been made yet and might not be made until the morning.

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