Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 19, 2013

Weather brings more snow days for kids


— TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan students and teachers may lose yet another day of classes to snow Wednesday, given predictions for continued snow and winds through morning.

"A winter storm warning will be in place through noon," said Andy Sullivan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. "There will be a lot of blowing and drifting snow. The roads won't be in good shape."

The Grand Traverse region could see an additional three inches of snow Wednesday, on top of today's heavy snowfall. Harsh conditions have local schools' officials closely monitoring the skies, wind and roads.

Through today, officials with Traverse City Area Public Schools cancelled 7.5 days of school due to inclement weather, said Chris Davis, TCAPS human resources executive director.

Generally the state forgives six inclement weather days every year, but state requirements also outline how many hours of instruction local districts must provide. 

TCAPS scheduled 2,003 hours of instruction this year, five more hours than required by state law. TCAPS staff will meet in mid-April to review the district’s lost time and how much time the state will forgive.

“Then we will look at what options we have to make up any necessary time and/or days,” Davis said. “If the weather continues like this we could be having additional days.” 

TCAPS canceled more days for weather-related matters this year than any since 1995, when the district called off eight days of school. TCAPS Chief Financial Officer Paul Soma, who makes closure recommendations to the district’s superintendent, today said conditions didn't favor holding classes Wednesday.