Green Country school districts prepare for threat of winter weather

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/31 7:27 pm Published: 1/31 5:19 pm

Area school districts are bracing for this looming threat of severe winter weather.

Bixby Public Schools was one of half a dozen districts FOX23 talked with on Friday. They all said they’re praying Green Country doesn’t get any more winter weather because they’re running out of snow days built into the calendar.

“I am so pleased to see that they do consider extreme cold weather days,” said Deanna Stephenson, a grandparent of a Bixby student.

She thinks Bixby has done the right thing all four times it canceled classes for winter weather.

“The answer is always gonna be, 'we’re gonna err on the side of caution,’'” said Bryan Frazier, the assistant superintendent of Bixby Public Schools.

He told FOX23 that won’t change, even if it means using up the last two snow days the district has.

“It’s about kids standing out front waiting for the buses. It’s about the ability to bus, the buses to get where they’re actually supposed to be,” he said.

Tulsa Public Schools has used four of only five snow days built in to the calendar, but there are a few options for flexibility.

“It could mean going to school on President’s Day... (a) date that’s built in for parent teacher conferences and then I think even Feb. 14,” said Chris Payne, spokesperson for TPS.

But for both districts if they end up with three or more snow days the rest of the winter then the missed class time will have to be made up somehow.

“There are no options, really. We can do some extension of days and some other things if we have three or four days. But if you’re talking about a week or something like that, it’s additional days at the end,” said Frazier.

Stephenson would prefer extra days at the end of the year, but she realizes neither option is going to work well for everyone.

“I know that would create problems probably for individuals have already scheduled vacations, but we have after-school activities. And that would create a problem for us to extend the day,” she said.

All the districts FOX23 talked to said trimming days off spring break will not be an option.

Ultimately it will be up to each district’s school board to decide if they want to add days to the end of the year or make up the hours missed by adding time on to each school day.

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