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How School Districts Determine Whether Or Not To Cancel Class

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Thursday morning's snow forced 17 school districts in the Yakima Valley and the Columbia Basin to either cancel class, delay school, or change bus routes.

KNDU talked to one district to find out how administrators determine if the weather is too dangerous for students.

They said on days when the weather is dicey, they send someone out at four in the morning to look at weather and road conditions at areas in higher elevations. Then they factor in the temperature, and the expected forecast, and make a judgement call.

"You really have to look at what's coming in, behind what's already here, and if it's going to stay this way.  Then we have to make a determination on whether to delay and go from there," said Ethan Schwebke, Transportation Manager, Kennewick School District.   

They said the hardest days to make a decision are when the temperature is close to freezing, because that's when roads can become icy.

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