Some School Districts Out Of Snow Days

Buffalo, NY - Many Western New York school districts have already used all of their built-in snow days.

That means now some students and staff members might end up with shorter vacations.

"I've been doing this for 17 years. This is the worst," says Gowanda Superintendent Charles Rinaldi.

Rinaldi is out of allotted snow days. Tuesday, Gowanda used its seventh bad weather day of the school year. That's one more than the six built into the calendar. Now, students will have to go to class March 21, which was a staff development day.

So what happens if there is yet another snow day?

"I'm looking at May 23 as being the next take back day. It's a four day weekend. We'll take that day back," says Gowanda.

State law requires a school year of at least 180 days. Rinaldi says four of those can be superintendent's conference, or staff development, days. Anything beyond that, you're looking at shorter vacations or a longer school year.

I'm actually having our teachers union poll each other to find out when there are more vacations scheduled. February or Spring. We think that more people are going away during the spring break as opposed to the February break, so most likely, we'd be taking days from the February break," says Rinaldi.

Lancaster also has a plan in place. Administrators took action back in 2006 after the October Surprise Storm forced the district to use several snow days at once. They decided to figure out the make-up days ahead of time. They are clearly listed on the district's website.

In Gowanda, Rinaldi opted for a two-hour delay Wednesday and is asking parents for cooperation.

"They get to chose whether the child gets to go to school or not. If they feel their child is unsafe waiting for a bus, or walking to school, that's their decision, but we're going to try to run tomorrow," says Rinaldi.

If you have any questions about the snow day situation at your child's school, many districts post the calendars on their websites. Superintendents are also using their phone alert systems to keep parents in the loop.


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