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Old Today, 05:38 AM
 
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Never had this public homecoming parade experience.

I don't understand why a district in NC has that many snow days. My kids could probably count on the fingers of one hand how many snow days they had in 13 years each here in Colorado. Some years they had none.
Because many areas in NC simply don't get enough snow to support paying for that many snow plow trucks, that much salt supply, etc.....

If you get 0-5 "real" snow days per year, you don't spend upwards of hundreds of thousands to maintain the equipment needed to take care of it properly. You could potentially go 3-4 years without needing that equipment at all, and then you could get hit hard one year and need it for 4-5 days.

And in the districts around here, even the city schools have outlying areas that are a bit more rural or get hit harder by the snow, so they close the entire district for the day. If everyone can't go, no one goes.

But NC has so many darn teacher work days! So many more than anywhere else......and they end up using those for make up days.
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Old Today, 05:40 AM
 
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I kind of like the schools where everyone from the middle school goes to the same high school. It makes it more friendly. The county I work in right now (our state splits districts by counties) does this. This is where my kids attend as well.

But the county I worked in last year did not do this. They split the middle schools and some went to one HS and others went to another. Sometimes it was split 3-4 ways. And then each HS had 3-4 middle schools feeding into it.
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Old Today, 07:41 AM
 
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Because many areas in NC simply don't get enough snow to support paying for that many snow plow trucks, that much salt supply, etc.....

If you get 0-5 "real" snow days per year, you don't spend upwards of hundreds of thousands to maintain the equipment needed to take care of it properly. You could potentially go 3-4 years without needing that equipment at all, and then you could get hit hard one year and need it for 4-5 days.

And in the districts around here, even the city schools have outlying areas that are a bit more rural or get hit harder by the snow, so they close the entire district for the day. If everyone can't go, no one goes.

But NC has so many darn teacher work days! So many more than anywhere else......and they end up using those for make up days.
We had a quite lengthy discussion about this snow day issue on another thread here.
Should schools start after labor day? Does the early start trend help academic performance in any way?

The poster from NC was saying they miss up to 5 days or so, every year! That's snowier than Denver, where, no, we don't have some magic machines that instantaneously remove the snow, and no, kids aren't transported in unsafe conditions. If there's that much snow, they need to invest in some decent snow removal equipment.
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Old Today, 10:42 AM
 
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We had a quite lengthy discussion about this snow day issue on another thread here.
Should schools start after labor day? Does the early start trend help academic performance in any way?

The poster from NC was saying they miss up to 5 days or so, every year! That's snowier than Denver, where, no, we don't have some magic machines that instantaneously remove the snow, and no, kids aren't transported in unsafe conditions. If there's that much snow, they need to invest in some decent snow removal equipment.
Snow removal equipment won't help. People around here, VA Beach, just can't drive in snow. There's also the issue of it turning to ice due to daily melting and re freezing. The city also takes no responsibility for paving neighborhoods, so we wait. Some years we get no snow and others we get 4-5 inches. In extreme cases we get 10+, but it's not worth the investment. We build weather make up days into the schedule. They're not just for snow. We've used them for flooding and hurricanes as well.
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