Schools approve new snow-day policy
Schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt may now call snow days by community rather than by a sweeping, district-wide decision.The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education approved, on the first reading, a new school closure policy Wednesday. Officials wanted to get the word out about the new procedure since snow is in the weather forecast.In the past, it was an all-or-nothing prospect: close all schools in all three communities or close none. Delayed scheduling has also been ruled out because many parents commute to other towns or cannot wait around to see if and when school will be delayed.The old policy has left people scratching their heads on occasion. A decision about whether or not to close schools was based on the worst weather in the worst part of one community, leading at times to all schools closing on a day when some could have stayed open.Being able to close down schools in one community while keeping others open should allow the district to be more appropriate in its decisions, Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.One snow day has been called this school year, according to the RFSD. One was called last school year for the first time since Jan. 1998.Decisions about whether or not to call a snow day are made between 5 and 5:30 a.m. based on conversations with plow drivers about the safety of the roads. Local radio stations and television channels broadcast school closure information, and people can call the RFSD snow line at 970-384-6075.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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