Green Country schools out of snow days

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 2/03 6:35 pm Published: 2/03 4:36 pm

Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Jenks Public Schools are out of snow days and Union Public Schools have one more left.

With more snow headed our way, school officials are looking at plans for the rest of the year.

While some school officials told FOX23 they have a professional development day they can use, others said they are leaning more toward extending the school day or school year.

Officials said Tulsa, B.A. and Jenks all started the year with five snow days. But with a handful of winter weather over the past few months those days are gone.

Michael Castleberry has two kids who attend Broken Arrow Public Schools. He said he understands the reason for the cancellations and he realizes kids need to make up the time.

“They need to continue their education, that’s just part of that’s how it was when I was going to school,” he said.

Jeanie Orrison has seven grandchildren and spent Monday watching six of them, because of the snow.

She understands it’s not easy to decide whether to have school or not. But at the same time she said some parents just can’t take off.

“I’m the go to baby sitter, but I work in a college that works sometimes when the public school are closed,” she said.

She said it can be a hassle but luckily it has worked out, “So I have six kids right now ages 6 to 14,” she said.

Orrison told FOX23 it’s not just who can watch the kids, other steps have to be checked off the list.

“I have to go to the grocery store because I need kid food,” she said.

She said she knows the kids have to make up the days they miss once they run out of the built in days.

She said she almost ran into a problem, “We made plans a week ago to take the kids with me and go out of town.”

She said she made sure to schedule after the beginning of June just in case the school year is extended.

She said as an educator she feels for the teachers, “Anytime you lose a day of school you lose a day of teaching, anytime you lose a day of teaching you have to slice and dice your curriculum to try and fit it in and it is hard for teachers too.”

Officials at Broken Arrow said they will be in session Feb. 17, which was scheduled as a professional development day and if they miss another day the school year will be extended past May 30.
But parents told FOX23 that’s a small price to pay when the streets are as bad as they are.

“It’s very slick and hazardous. It’s very hard to drive on and hard enough to walk on. I think it’s a good idea they don’t ride the bus on days like this for the safety of the children and the other drivers around,” said Castleberry.

TPS plans to use the professional development day as a makeup and then they will add days to the end of the year as needed.

Union Public Schools had six built in days they say if they exceed that number they are looking to extend the school year, too.

FOX23 spoke with the communications director for Jenks and she said they can either add days to the year or add minutes to the school days.

She said this all has to be recommended to the board of education and that’s who will make the final decision.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/3/2014 5:39 PM
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In other news it says that homeschool is already in use.

Mayor Maynot - 2/3/2014 5:13 PM
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No snow days with homeschool.
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