Along with numerous surrounding school districts, Cazenovia students received Wednesday Feb. 2 off from school because of inclement weather. The occasion was not much of a surprise to area residents, as local meteorologists had been warning of the pending storm for the preceding week.
Cazenovia received about 3 inches of heavy winter snow in the early morning hours of Feb. 2. Freezing temperatures, paired with icy roads, inhibited the school buses from making their normal rounds. Before closing schools, Superintendent Bob Dubik conversed with the Transportation and Highway Departments, evaluating what weather the day ahead held.
"When it came down to it, we probably could have had school," Dubik said, "We were basing our decisions on the forecast and weather professionals' advice."
While the weather did not prove to be as perilous as many had predicted, it did make for hazardous driving conditions, and many applauded Dubik's decision to close. Wednesday marked the district's third snow day of the year. Two more days are reserved for weather, if more are required, students and teachers will stay extra days in June.
Snow days are a special occurrence to school-aged children, however many working parents view the unplanned vacation day as a bother.
So what can kids do during the day while their parents are busy at work? Ski, snowboard, and tube at the local winter sports center, Toggenburg.
The lodge and slopes were overrun the afternoon of Feb. 2, offering students an outdoor outlet for their snow-day excitement. Located off Route 80, the mountain is situated just one mile east from the Village of Fabius. Toggenburg boasts 23 trails and 2 terrain parks for all experience levels and is a comprehensive sports center for those looking to stay active during winter.
Childcare is available throughout the season, for parents of youngsters who are not yet ready to tackle the bunny hill. In addition to the cafeteria and "It's a Grind" coffee shop, The Foggy Goggle restaurant provides skiers and snowboarders substantial, made-to-order meals to and a variety of libations for the older patrons.
Toggenburg is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information and snow reports, visit skitog.com, call 683-5842, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.