Rockingham County Schools Use Last Allotted Snow Day

On Friday, students in Rockingham County had the day off due to bad weather.

In the morning, a light frost covered the ground and it was raining off and on.

The weather was enough to cancel school, particularly because of the dangers on secondary roads for school buses.

It was the county's fifth snow day used this school year, which uses up the remainder of the snow days they allotted on the calendar.

Now, if any bad weather hits, there's a possibility the school year could be extended.

According to Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn, the amount of time students spend in schools could end up stopping the year from being extended.

She says students have a slightly longer school day than most state schools, and the time they build up in the classroom could be used to make up for time lost by extra snow days.

Every year, the state sets a certain amount of hours each student must spend in the classroom. The time is referred to as "required instructional hours".

As a result of reaching the end of allotted snow days, Dr. Fenn says the county will now take a closer look at how much time has been built up from the longer school days.

She said conditions on Friday were too dangerous on some of the roads.

"There are some treacherous areas in our county. While it appears pretty reasonable in Harrisonburg to get around the streets, we have to consider those buses," Dr. Fenn explained. "It's not about adults driving in cars getting to work. This is about school buses on back-roads. We have a lot of back-roads in the county and we need to get our students to school safely."

Dr. Fenn added that she did not anticipate the school year to be extended or Spring break to be impacted even though all snow days had been used up.


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