Many Oklahoma students affected by blizzard will return to school Thursday

Woodward's streets have been cleared of snow and schools are set to reopen Thursday, officials say.
BY ADAM KEMP akemp@opubco.com Modified: February 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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Schools will start opening Thursday after being closed Tuesday and Wednesday, a state Education Department official said.

“Woodward will be back in school tomorrow,” said Kim Hale, regional accreditation officer for northwest Oklahoma. “I'm not sure about what the smaller schools around the area will do, but the schools in the Panhandle are back open, too.

“Mostly it's just a matter of restoring electricity to the rest. As soon as they get that back, they'll open.”

Hale said she doesn't think any of the school districts are in any danger of having to make up the snow days.

“The law requires 1,080 hours or 175 instructional days,” she said. “Most of the schools have built in hours just in case it snows and you would miss multiple days. Most of the schools are not close to having to add hours or days, though.”