Students might not get spring break

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

As students stay home for snow days, educators are trying to figure out how they will make it up.

Several school boards in the region will decide within the next week if spring break will be on the chopping block.

Bell County High School sits empty as crews clear the entrance with hopes the doors will be open for school on Friday.
Educators say you can't fight mother nature, but you can try to plan around old man winter's extended stay.

Even though some school districts started the school year early to have makeup days built in... still spring break might have to go.

"If this weather pattern holds up that seems like the direction we will have to go," said Bell County Superintendent, George Thompson.

"This is an unusual year for us but we always want to put the safety of our students first," said Middlesboro Independent Schools Superintendent, Rita Cook.

So unusual that the Middlesboro Independent School system has not had this problem in more than 30 years. Eight snow days so far, and the last time this city school district had that many snow days-- was in 1978.

"Generally you have time to let the ice and snow melt, but the way it's been lately that hasn't happened," said Cook.

Educators are also worried about the state standardized test in the spring.
They hope lawmakers, like they did last year, will move the test window back.

"Nobody can do anything about the weather. By moving that back, that keeps folks on a level playing field. That's fair," said Thompson.

Most school boards in the region will be looking at these options at the next school board meeting.

Middlesboro Independent school officials add they are considering purchasing a snow blower.
The district currently does not own one and just hires companies to remove the snow.
Officials say if winters continue to be harsh, it might be a good investment.

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