|Updated: 12/10/2013 10:38 pm
||Published: 12/10/2013 10:36 pm
The schools have to spend most of that time trying to keep up with the winter weather so the campuses are safe for students when its time to come back.
"We've been out sanding and clearing the remaining issues up," Payne said.
On Monday, Tulsa Public Schools was only about 75 percent finished cleaning up outside its 88 school buildings.
"But today all of that has been taken care of," Payne assured FOX23.
With temperatures finally above freezing Tuesday, everything that was left on the parking lots and sidewalks started to melt. But when those temps drop again Tuesday night, everything out there is just going to freeze right back up.
"If we need to we can go out and do some spot treating and throw some more sand out and that kind of thing if we need to," Payne said.
FOX23 asked Payne, "So there will be someone keeping an eye on that before the students get here?"
Payne replied, "You can bet we will. Our folks tend to get in early."
TPS would like to be able to use unexpected days off to tackle other projects around its buildings. But employees usually end up just dealing with problems the weather causes. Pipes froze in three of its buildings just this past Monday.
Payne tells us, "There's always unexpected things that happen after a pretty steep drop in temperatures and freezing."
Be prepared for really cold temperatures and bundle up because the buses might still take a little longer than usual tomorrow.