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School district explains what goes into calling off classes

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)
DONIPHAN, MO (KFVS) -

Over the last several days, Doniphan R-I, Greenville R-II, Naylor R-II, Neelyville R-IV and Zalma R-V have canceled classes due in one way or the other to the rain and floods portions of the Heartland have seen.

What goes into the decision to cancel classes is sometimes the topic of conversation among students.

"Mrs McEntire and myself usually drive the roads together or separate and then we get together and collaborate and see what's safe and try to make a good decision," Dr. Jennifer Snyder, Doniphan School District superintendent said.

That's how district leaders decide if they need to cancel classes.

Snyder said sometimes it might be safe for the buses to get to school, but not necessarily the other way around.

"Our fear, of course, is student safety, is trying to make sure we can still reach their homes in a safe manner and our buses and such can get them not only to school safely but then get them back home safely which was our concern earlier this week," Snyder said. "We thought we could pick them up but not home safely."

Many of the students in the Doniphan school district live on unpaved roads. Most were clear, some weren't during our ride-along.

Snyder said Doniphan schools will be open on Wednesday, but the buses won't make it to every stop.

"We do not want a student or a parent to ever feel like they ever have to come through that, and to put their child or their family at risk," Snyder said. "To be safe and go around don't drown. That's something we're sharing as well."

Snyder said while the district does take a loss financially if a student isn't in school for whatever reason, that is not on her main concern.

"It does affect the school financially, but that's not what we like to focus on because truly safety is our most pressing concern with our students," Snyder said.

Dr. Snyder also said the district does build in day's to the calendar for things like floods or snow, so when the district is out, those days are tacked on at the end of the year.

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