TPS snows days are running out, we reveal their options

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/05 10:04 pm Published: 1/05 8:38 pm

We'll be running all the school closings at the bottom of your screen during this newscast.
Most of the major districts are closed tomorrow. Tulsa Public School was one of the first to cancel class and many other districts followed.

FOX23 was with the TPS school officials when the decision was made.

We uncover just how they came to the decision of canceling class, and what they're going to do if they run out of snow days.

Tulsa Public School officials tell FOX23 they had multiple reasons for canceling class.

FOX23 digs into those reason.

First, if you check the temperature outside, it's 12 degrees, and that's only expected to drop.
That's only the first thing the school districts take into account.

The other reasons involve the slick and hazardous roadways.

Officials tell us these neighborhood roads are slick.

The Tulsa Public Schools holiday break officially ended Friday.

And parents tell us they're glad because, "[The kids] oh they're driving us crazy."

Now, winter break has been extended, thanks to Mother Nature.

And those parents will have to deal with the kids at least one more day.

"When I was a kid it had to be like half a foot of snow for us to miss school," says one TPS parent.

FOX23 spoke with TPS school official Chris Payne, who said, "We actually have a child who will be home tomorrow too, so parents I feel your pain."

But TPS executive director Payne tells us they have to take everyone's needs into consideration and most importantly student safety.

"We've got to look at our neighborhoods. There are some areas in north Tulsa and south Tulsa where it's hilly and we expect we're going to have problems," Payne explained.

That's where these road conditions and the cold frigid temperatures go hand in hand.

Payne says, "It takes longer for us to pick kids up when conditions are icy. There's concern about having them out in extreme cold for an extended period of time."

All good points.

But the district now only has one snow day left, and it's still early in the year.

Payne reassured me the district has a back-up plan.

A plan with three extra snow days if needed.

"For instance where we are off for President's Day. If needed, we can make that a day where kids go back to school," Payne revealed.

It's been a hard winter already though. So I asked Payne what would happen if they had to use those extra days he was just talking about.

"We would have to look at some other options," Payne said.

Payne says it would be up to the school board, but they could always add days to the end of the year, or, "We have flexibility to add time to the school day so that could be an option if we had to," Payne said.

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Grammy - 1/5/2014 10:16 PM
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Why not Martin Luther King Day too, not just President's Day????
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