Schools Still Close Despite Less Snow

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

Despite the fact that the worst of the storm moved to the south, school was still canceled in several area districts Friday.

District 20,11, 49 and 38 were all only delayed until only an hour or two before school was set to start and when they made the decision to close it came as a surprise for many.

"The roads aren't bad at all, it doesn't seem like it’s close worthy," said one parent.

But schools all across the area gave students the day off, despite the fact that the forecasted blizzard was not going to happen.

Amber Polaski says she may not have taken her kids to daycare if she would of known earlier.

"I probably would have kept them home today," she said.

And Jim Lewis, a teacher at Thomas Edison Elementary didn't even know until he showed up at school.

"I was actually walking to my classroom and the janitor yelled down the hallway, go home it's closed," Lewis said.

"It was definitely for safety reasons, it was mainly to be on the safe side so that if anything did come in later in the day we wouldn't have to load kids on buses and send them home," said District 11 spokesperson Elaine Naleski.

And Naleski says the decision was made later than usual because of what the districts weather consultants were seeing on the radar.

"There was some indication that the conditions would deteriorate throughout the day," Naleski said.

Either way it's one more snow day that kids definitely aren't complaining about.

"We were hoping it's a snow day, we were feeling its going to be a snow day," said one student.

Some people we spoke with said they thought schools were closed because of the fact that the school day has been expanded to make up for the snow days taken earlier in the year, but at least for D-11, they say that’s not true.


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