MEDFORD, Ore. – The snow was enough to cancel class for thousands of students, including classes for southern Oregon’s largest school district.
Before closing schools like Central Medford High School and other schools in the district, the superintendent said they had to take a lot into consideration. It’s been two years since Medford School District called for a snow day. When Southern Oregon’s largest school district closes for the day, it impacts 12,000 students and 80 bus routes, covering some 360 square miles.
It also means each of those students misses important classroom time. That’s why the district typically tries to get by on a delayed start, but Tuesday morning was different. The superintendent decided to cancel class after both he and the district’s transportation manager drove the snowy, wet roads.
“It is rare, that’s why we have to remind people of what we do. It is about student safety, not only getting to school but also supervision when they get here and teachers to teach kids,” explains Medford School District Superintendent, Dr. Phil Long.
Dr. Long said he will be watching the forecast Tuesday night and will once again drive the roads in the morning before making a decision about Wednesday’s classes. Students in the Medford School District and other districts will have to make up this snow day sometime later during the school year.
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