Here’s how schools are preparing for closures ahead of Michigan’s winter snowstorm

Here’s how schools are preparing for closures ahead of Michigan’s winter snowstorm
Here’s how schools are preparing for closures ahead of Michigan’s winter snowstorm

It’s almost February, and we’re seeing the first big snowfall of the year, and of course, there are school children across Michigan watch closely to see if they will get that first snowy day of the school year.

But the storm on Wednesday (January 24) may prove difficult for school superintendents with the authority to make that call.

There will no doubt be a long list of school cancellations overnight, as there are likely to be plenty of districts, especially along the Michigan, Ohio border, that won’t be sending the buses on Wednesday, regardless of the intensity of the storm.

“We are about to be hit the hardest,” Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carl Shultz said.

Shultz sat in his temperance office Tuesday morning and watched the weather like a trained meteorologist.

“Monroe County is going to have a tough time tomorrow,” Schultz said.

Usually, Schultz gets up at 4:40 a.m. and personally drives down Bedford’s back roads to assess what his transportation and facilities staff are up against, but this time it’s different.

The storm is not expected to arrive before its usual 6 a.m. deadline to call it a snow day.

“We may very well have to call a snow day and only have a dusting on the ground because we know that if there is six inches of snow on the ground at 3 p.m. when our buses are running, it is very difficult , I have 1,000 kids driving through high school,” Schultz said.

Yes, the drivers behind Schultz’s massive bus fleet are experienced, but he’s still worried.

“I know the buses are heavy and big, and people think they move really well on snow,” Schultz said. “They don’t! Tires get harder when they’re in snowy neighborhoods and people put their cars on the street because they’re doing the driveways. Our buses are regularly blocked.

For fun, Shultz sent a Twitter survey question to students and staff. Over 91% wanted a snow day called Tuesday night. He says the survey is just for fun.

“If we’re going to call him, we’ll probably call him based on the information we have tonight and give our families time to get together, have babysitters or maybe take a day off. time off, but we want to give as much time as possible,” Shultz said.

Now, if it already looks like you can expect a cancellation, it’s because it’s definitely leaning that way. Still, the Bedford Public School District will have to monitor the Neighborhood Twitter to feed.

Read: Snow emergencies issued in the Detroit metro area: see the list here

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