District leaders call for snow schedule

With winter right around the corner, the Mehlville School District decided to organize a snow schedule during winter months of the 2015-16 school year.

Many students and staff know how hard it can be getting to school on time after a snowstorm. To fix this yearly issue, the MSD proposed a snow schedule that would allow school to start two hours later than normal on days with inclement weather. These changed days will still allow classes to end at normal times for each building.

This snow schedule can streamline the process of getting to school with as few problems as possible. With two hours of preparation time, parking lots can be cleaned and even temperatures could rise, melting the majority of the ice or snow that was a threat that morning. Also, with the chance to still attend school after a two hour late start, no days would have to be made up at the end of the year.

The snow schedule will depend upon road conditions or any additional snow throughout the day. If travel is still considered to be unsafe after two hours, all school and district activities will be canceled for the entire day.

“I like that a lot actually because that way you still get to sleep in and then not make up any snow days at the end of the year,” said OHS student Brittany Dlugos.

The community was surveyed on this issue and received more than 2,900 responses with 75 percent in favor of having the option of a snow schedule.

“As always, the safety of our students and staff during winter weather remains our top priority so we will be very careful when we decide to call for a snow schedule day,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Lane.