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Icy roads may cancel Springfield schools

The Springfield School District is the only district who will be possibly affected by icy roads on Monday morning.

Posted: Feb. 17, 2018 4:50 PM
Updated: Feb. 17, 2018 5:20 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Most schools will be closed on Monday, February 19, due to President's Day. However, schools within the Springfield School District are planning on remaining open, and will be the only schools possibly affected by the expected icy weather to come.

Staff with the district said they'll kick off their work to determine if the roads are safe enough very early in the morning with their weather team.

"They begin at about 3:30/4 in the morning, and they're out driving all of the different roads, and Springfield School District covers a lot of terrain. And we always make a decision district-wide," said Jen McCulley, a spokesperson with the district.

McCulley said this is the first time they'll be sending out their team this year, compared to five or six times last year.

She said since the decision is made district-wide, roads all over the vast district need to be safe not only for parents and students, but also for staff and bus drivers. She urges people to remember that if school is cancelled and the weather seems safe where you are, it likely isn't in one of the many corners of the district.
She also touched on the frustration regarding late starts, noting that some parents often feel that a late start is a better option than a cancellation. She said that it's important to consider that even though it may be safe by the time students need to be at school, it wouldn't be safe by the time staff members need to be there. 

McCulley said canceling school is a decision the district takes very seriously.

"Every instructional minute counts,so it's not something we take lightly, but we do want to make sure--our goal is to make sure that students are safe to and from school," said McCulley.

There will be an early release on Friday if school continues as planned.

Staff said that no news means no change, and school will be held. 

KEZI will keep you updated on Monday morning with any changes, but you can also download the Flash Alert app to get updates directly from the district.

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