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Snow days extended: Spokane, CV classes off today

Wed., Jan. 30, 2008

Snow and ice clogging streets has extended the snow break one more day for many students.

Spokane Public Schools are closed today for the third straight day. Central Valley students will stay home, too; CV closed Monday and reopened Tuesday but sent some students home early because of worsening weather.

“It’s just generally unsafe conditions for students and staff,” said Melanie Rose, CV district spokeswoman.

Mead, Riverside, Cheney, Medical Lake and Liberty schools also are closed today. The Lakeland School District in Idaho also is closed.

School officials said residential streets and some rural roads are still impassable by buses. First Student, the company that provides Spokane’s transportation, sent out 13 buses to drive routes Tuesday, and five were stuck within an hour, said Terren Roloff, Spokane schools spokeswoman. One bus had to be towed.

“Even where they have plowed it forces the streets to be narrowed,” Roloff said.

City and district officials spoke Tuesday, she said, and snowplow crews agreed to make residential streets around schools a priority today.

In Idaho, Lakeland School District Superintendent Chuck Kinsey said buses were getting stuck in snow in the Clagstone Road area between Spirit Lake and Athol. Post Falls Assistant Superintendent Becky Ford said schools there were expected to be open today. Coeur d’Alene School District students also will be in class.

“We reserve the right to change our mind,” Ford said. But additional snow isn’t expected until tonight or Thursday.

In the districts that have closed for a third day, classes could be pushed into the third week of June. Most Spokane County districts get out June 13, and district officials are deciding when to make up time for the snow days.

Spokane school officials rearranged the school calendar Tuesday because of final exams scheduled this week in high schools. The tests were rescheduled for next week and the end of the semester extended. Because officials were worried that students did not have time to prepare, they might ask teachers to shorten tests or allow open-book or open-note exams.

“We need to be fair to the students and the teachers,” said Theresa Meyer, an assistant principal at Lewis and Clark High School. “It’s the better solution.”


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