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Old 08-24-2007, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Question How much snow does it take to close your public schools?

Hi, You wouldn't believe how much it only takes here in Cookeville Tennessee to close schools. We get half inch of snow and they have schools closed here. Most people that move here from a snow state cann't believe they close the public schools over a half inch of snow.


John
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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The amount of snow isn't that important here, schools close when there is limited visibility.

And just to brag, I live in the snowiest part of North America.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Just a dusting will do it. In my region of NC, school buses have to deal with mountainous, 2-lane country roads and numerous creek bridges in the early morning hours.
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Schools here are closed depending on driving capability. They do have some set standards such as -30 degrees, visibility down to 200 ft due to wind, and if there's no wind, 1 ft of accumulation.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
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About 10 inches and it need to still be falling in the morning with more predicted. We have had 2 snow days in the 3 winters we have spent here.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Here
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Schools in KS/MO will close as soon as the first snowflake hits the ground! Well, not quite that bad, but close! I think it's just the teachers/administrators that don't want to have to deal with it more than being worried about the kids. Because as soon as the kids find out that they are free for the day, they are outside playing in the snow!
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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The problems aren't with the schools. It's using the school buses. Any where there is a large fleet of buses that have to travel many miles on icy roads with limited visibility will usually close. You can't very well close just those schools and make the others, where the kids walk to school, stay open.

Close the schools and everyone will make up the days at the end of the year. We close ours when there is even just a hint of the possibility of ice or snow. We'll do the same when there's a hurricane in the area. School buses aren't the safest vehicle on the planet.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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I forgot to point out that equiping the buses with snow tires and chains for just a few days of snow just doesn't make much sense moneywise.

And frankly, our drivers have so many accidents that you wonder if they have sense enough to find the steering wheel and brake pedal. I would hate to test them on a frozen surface.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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No amount of snow can close our schools!

(partly because where I live, we never get more than 2 feet of snow in 24 hrs, so the roads never need to close)

Sometimes when the snow is too deep and slippery it stops busses from running so some schools might close, but I live in the city, barely close enough that almost no one gets bussed to school.

We practically never get snow days, yet every year we get at least one snowfall of 10". (our average is about 50" annually) We do get late starting days; pretty much you show up as soon as you can and if that's an hour-and-a-half late, so be it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I'd say about 10 inches, but only if the snow if falling rapidly and the snow plows can't keep up. I'm in Utah.
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