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Why School Was Delayed but Not Canceled

Monday, many parents in Jackson and Klamath counties woke up to snow on the ground and school delay alerts. Parents could see more school delays and maybe even closures throughout the week.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 6:11 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Monday, many parents in Jackson and Klamath counties woke up to snow on the ground and school delay alerts. Parents could see more school delays and maybe even closures throughout the week.

The Medford School District said it already has two snow make-up days lined up at the end of the school calendar just in case it needs them.

"When we go through our calendar creation process we like to add a few snow make up days at the end of the calendar. Of course, last year, those got totally blown out because we ended up missing 4 days so we had to go later. This year, hopefully we don't have to miss that many days," said Medford School District’s Natalie Hurd.

Right now, there's only one planned day left since school was cancelled last Thursday. Monday morning, Medford students didn’t see snow day alerts. Instead, they got a few more hours of sleep. Schools throughout the district started two hours later than usual because of "poor driving conditions caused by winter weather.” Natalie Hurd with the Medford School District said the weather wasn't bad enough to cancel class. Since it would warm up later on in the day, starting school a little later would be just fine.

"We decided that if we were going to do a delayed start it would give a little bit of time for that warm up to happen, that melting to happen and then give additional time for our folks to be able to get to school,” Hurd said.

Districts across our region begin checking the bus route's long before the sunrises to see if the roads will be okay when it's time to head to school.

"We look at how wide spread the event is, how much snow, how slick the roads are. If it looks like it's really bad and it's not going to improve by the time a delayed start happens then there is no point. We don't want to put our families and our bus drivers at risk on the roads,” Hurd added.

Even though two hours were cut from the start of the school day today, the Medford School District said every day and every morning will be different.

“It's already looking like this week might be dicey. We'll have to get up tomorrow and see if there is ice from the melt of this system and a refreeze. Our snow team is ready to go and we'll see if we need to make adjustments," Hurd said.

Although the school district already has two make-up days planned, it really depends on the Medford School District’s board. Board members have to vote to officially add more days to the school year.

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