School districts – with many of them already up to their maximum use of snow days or teetering near the limit – will be watching the weather closely Wednesday morning.
“The forecast is fresh in our minds. I think everybody would prefer an uninterrupted period of time for instruction,” said Donald Ogilvie, superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES. “But safety of our students will trump that. If we need a day, we’ll take a day.”
If that happens, though, Ogilvie cautioned it could come at the expense of a shortened school vacation. That would come late this month, or more during the April spring break or around Memorial Day.
“There is some discussion about capturing those days, if necessary. Some districts built in an extra day around Memorial Day,” he said.
Another option could be to use a superintendent’s conference day as a student-attendance day later in the year, Ogilvie said.
Nothing official has been decided, and, as of now, most districts seem to have just enough calendar days in place to meet the 180-day requirement, he said.