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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

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Harper LeForce takes a swing at a ball as she plays Tuesday in the gym at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
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“Fortunately, they told us the night before,” she said. “This time, my parents were in town.”

One snow day her boss let her work from home; another time Lilly went to play at a friend’s house. Tuesday, two Facebook friends posted they had taken their children to the office, Reeves said. “And I’ve done that, too.”

Although it can be frustrating, Reeves understands why school officials cancel classes for icy roads and extremely cold weather.

“I think everyone is doing the best they can,” she said.

The Oklahoma City school district’s 2013-14 calendar had seven snow days built in. After those were used and an eighth snow day was taken, the school board voted to make up the day by delaying the start of spring break one day. It now will begin Tuesday.

Tierney Tinnin, district spokeswoman, said officials are weighing their options for making up this week’s two snow days. Options include adding minutes to the end of each school day or adding days to the end of the year. Borrowing more days from spring break is not an option since the board doesn’t meet again for two weeks, Tinnin said.

“This has been a really rough winter,” Tinnin said. “We will weigh our options and present our best plan to the board.”

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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