Wagoner Public Schools have special way to keep snow days


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/07 9:56 pm Published: 1/07 5:05 pm


While Broken Arrow Public Schools is out of snow days, Wagoner Public Schools has never run out of snow days.

Officials told FOX23 that's because the district measures its year in instruction hours.

"Well, I hope it doesn't snow anymore this year," said Kara Atherton, a Broken Arrow Public School parent.

Atherton said she wishes BA schools had more days built in, "sometimes even 5, five, sometimes that fifth day is all you need."

She has a trip planned for June 1 and is hoping the district doesn't have to extend the school year.

Monte Thompson is superintendent of Wagoner Public schools. He said his district has 14 and a half 1/2 snow days built in, which helps on days like Monday.

"Yes, it's easier to make a decision that we're not gonna have school when you have that many days built in," said Thompson.

FOX23 News learned the state requires students to have 1050 hours in school, plus 30 hours for teacher development.

Wagoner Public Schools makes their school day slightly longer.

"We're 100-plus more hours in a school year than required by the state," said Thompson.

So no matter how much snow or ice we get teachers, students and parents know the last day of school will be May 13 even if not all 14 snow days are used.

"I don't see how anybody could have a problem with that, honestly. I mean, it's just that much more teaching and learning your child is gonna have," said Atherton.

Something It's something Atherton said Broken Arrow Public Schools should consider.

"I think it would be worth a look, yeah," said Atherton.

Thompson said he's still cautious about canceling school for weather, despite having so many built in built-in days to spare.

He said he knows canceling school can cause problems for parents who still have to work and don't have anyone to look after their kids who are home.


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