School superintendents consider delays and cancellations during winter weather advisory

    School superintendents consider delays and cancellations during winter weather advisory. (WWMT/File - MGN)

    School superintendents across West Michigan kept a close eye on the weather Tuesday night and some dismissed classes early in anticipation of the bad weather.

    If conditions are bad enough, school superintendents have to decide on delays or cancellations.

    "I have a wonderful transportation director and he is not shy about calling me at four in the morning and talking to me about the conditions he sees. He gets up very early and drives all over," said Mattawan Schools Superintendent Robin Buchler.

    Buchler said she not a fan of giving out snow days, especially when high school students are taking exams.

    "I do get students who will call and say, or text me and say, 'I've got a really big project today so if we could have a snow day I would never ask again'," she said.

    Buchler said that road conditions are taken seriously.

    "We have a lot of people on the roads. So, we don't just consider the buses and the safety of the buses getting our students here, but we have to consider all of our young drivers," she said.

    Gull Lake Community Schools dismissed classes early on Tuesday to give buses extra time to get kids home.

    "Gull Lake Schools is mainly rural roads. So, they have a lot of buses and a lot of routes so they are normally the first ones to go," said Pat Wright, who lives in the area.

    Wright said he was glad that schools were cautious Tuesday because he has grandchildren in the district. Their extra curricular activities were canceled the night of Jan. 15.

    Wright said he hoped that people would drive smart while the weather advisory continued.

    "We've told people forever and ever, just leave early give yourself enough time go slow, and it's like talking to yourself," he said.

    Alex Lee, spokesperson for Kalamazoo Public Schools, said the district will wait and see if cancellations or delays are needed on Jan. 16. He said in an email Tuesday that they would make the call based on actual conditions and not forecast conditions.

    Newschannel 3 has a list of all school closings that come in from districts around West Michigan.

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