MASON, MI (WLNS) – School districts across the state are given six days a year to use for canceled days caused by rough weather conditions. With this cold snap looking to continue, 6 News Nick Perreault checked in with Ingham School District about what goes into a snow day and how many area schools have left this year.
For those students hoping to skip class and have a snow or cold day, 20 is the magic number.
“We’re looking at minus 20 staying consistently at that or colder during those key periods 6-8 a.m.,” said Stanley Kogut, superintendent, Ingham Intermediate School District.
“We get the same amount of complaints closing and not closing.”
Ingham Intermediate Superintendent Stanley Kogut says that number actually changed from 25 below with a wind chill about five years ago.
He felt students were at too great a risk at bus stops for frostbite and hypothermia.
“Every school district in Ingham is really at the threshold, at the most one day, so they’ve used their six.”
The six days schools are allowed by the state to take off for severe weather. Kogut says with cold winter weather set to continue this week, they’ll have tough decisions to make.
“Generally you have to have 175 days of school, 10,098 hours kids have to have, anything less than that has to be made up,” said Kogut.
The superintendent says if the temperatures continue to drop to 20 below with the wind chill, districts will close as a safety measure.
Each superintendent has three options should they need to make up days, they can extend the hours to school, add days or have students show up on days originally set aside for administration.
Reporter: “Any discussion that we move to negative 10-15?”
“We have not had those discussions, if it gets that low, we’d have a lot more close days,” said Kogut.
Superintendents are already discussing how the 12 districts will handle the rest of the week.