Snow Days: Who decides?

CHENANGO – Students across the county could be seen enjoying their day off from school yesterday as an icy winter storm covered the area with snow and freezing rain and prompted all eight public districts to close.

The National Weather Service reported that four to five inches of precipitation fell in the early morning hours. Officials continued to issue advisories for the region throughout the day.

The final decision to declare a snow day rests with a district’s superintendent, but it’s a process involving input from a number of people.

Unadilla Valley Superintendent Robert Mackey, who used the school’s first of six set aside snow days yesterday, explained a weather prediction was not the sole factor in deciding to close or delay.

“We do not make decisions solely on weather predictions. We take it into account, along with the history of a particular storm so far, and hold a number of key conversations with the school’s transportation staff, town highway officials and other districts,” he said.

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