Schools Yet Again Dealing with Closings and Delays

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

School's Snow Situations

  • Rockingham County Schools - Nine days have been missed already. An announcement will be made after this week about the rest of the school year
  • Harrisonburg City Schools - Closed five days this year and have delayed 10 days. They are reviewing their snow day situation after this week.
  • Augusta County Schools - One day remaining
  • Waynesboro City Schools - Already used the three built-in days. Additional snow days will be added to the end of the school year
  • Staunton City Schools - Closed five days and have delayed eight days. Three days have already been added to the end of the school year. Two are teacher work days and one is an extra day a the end of the year.  Memorial Day would be the next day students and teacher would lose.
  • Shenandoah County - Already added two days to the end of the school year. Will reassess after this week.

 

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- With snow falling again, schools in the Valley are preparing for what may result in yet another day without school.

Harrisonburg City Schools have already missed five days and had 10 delays.

Staunton City Schools are close behind, but they already have plans to make them up.

John Venn has two children in Staunton schools and they're ready to get back to the books.

"They also like the structure and routine of getting up and going, so the novelty has worn off for them at this point," said Venn.

Staunton Superintendent Linda Reviea said the whole school system is over its allotted amount of snow days, but that won't change her decisions.

"The primary concern is trying to make a decision that is safest for everyone. Our employees, our students, our families," said Reviea.

She works to be safe and provide enough notice.

"We do try to make the decision as soon as we can, based on the information we have," said Reviea.

She said it gets frustrating to have gaps in the curriculum making students and teachers repeat lessons after days off.

"I see them as very resilient, so they're going to do what they need to do to catch up if they miss school. I don't see that as a big concern at this point," said Venn.

The concern for his children, making up the days later.

"We worked in two inclement weather days, and we used them back in December. Now, as we miss more days and we have delays, we're having to go in to add days to our calendar," said Reviea.

Adding days is something everyone wants to avoid.

"I think everybody is ready to move on, for warmer weather," said Venn.


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