Schools facing challenges with weather-forced days off

February 8, 2019

By John Raffel
Correspondent

It continues to be a challenge for school districts this week with icy roads making it difficult to have school, a week after classes were called off because of snowstorms and record freezing cold temperatures.

Snow and ice covered roads have been dominant the last couple weeks, forcing school closures - many schools have gone over their alloted amount of snow days and must make up days in June.

Snow and ice covered roads have been dominant the last couple weeks, forcing school closures – many schools have gone over their alloted amount of snow days and must make up days in June.

Area superintendents, including Chris Arrington of Marion and Steve Prissel of McBain were finding it all to be a challenge as they entered this week forced with calling off classes on various days. It also means, for some, having t make up classes in June.

Both Arrington and Prissel are first-year superintendents at their respective school districts although they have been superintendents in previous Michigan districts and are accustomed to the challenges of Michigan winters.

Arrington, also Marion Elementary principal, said earlier this week there had been 11 weather days off for Marion.

“We may fall short on instructional hours, which is a state requirement,” Arrington said

“Having so many days off has also set back our instructional efforts.  Making days up in June will likely put students in hot classrooms, and this could impact learning negatively.”

It’s a challenge for many other school districts in northern Michigan.

“We have taken eight days off,” Prissel said earlier this week. “We certainly don’t like to call off school, but the safety of the children comes first. At this point, we do not have to make up any days.’’



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