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Parents in Oklahoma City use variety of options to care for children on snow days

Oklahoma City Public Schools canceled classes two days this week due to bad weather. The lost instruction time will have to be made up after students return from spring break.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: March 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014

When the Oklahoma City public schools are out for a snow day, teacher Jay LeForce is tasked with keeping his two daughters engaged and entertained. LeForce has learned to get on top of the situation.

“It will get difficult if you don’t get something going,” he said.

He’s had a lot of experience this year.

Classes were canceled Tuesday due to poor driving conditions. It was the second snow day this week and the 10th for the school year.

Midmorning he was at a pet store with daughters Laken, 8, and Harper, 5.

“They’ve talked me into the idea of coming here and looking around,” LeForce said. “They want a hamster.”

He wanted to get out of the store without a pet and move on to the gym at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, where he is the physical education teacher. It’s a place the girls can run and play.

Laken and Harper attend Quail Creek Elementary and enjoy playing school at home, so their dad includes homework and reading into snow day activities.

Although his wife, Brooke, has to go to work on school snow days, both grandmas are available to help entertain the girls, LeForce said.

Single parent Shelley Reeves said making snow day arrangements for her daughter can be stressful. Lilly, 7, is a student at Wilson Elementary.

Reeves, who is a state employee, also had the day off Monday, but had to return to work Tuesday.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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