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Will school be cancelled tomorrow?

ESM Superintendent Donna DeSiato weighs in on that all-important decision making process

— DeSiato says that the worst weather conditions generally occur during the middle of the night and that the tricky part is determining if those conditions will stick around until students have to get on the bus.

Each district has its own set of rules, but she says the amount of snow days typically allotted can be anywhere from three to five days. Every district has to have a certain number of student days in session to receive state aid-which DeSiato says is one of the hardest parts about her job.

“If you have multiple days off, then all of a sudden you have a tragedy like a water main break-that gets factored in too. You have to be looking at the fact that you want to be sure that students are in for the amount of days they have to be in,” she said.

And if a superintendent calls for too many snow days, than the district is forced to bring students in during break, or even resort to every student’s worst nightmare- and add more school days onto the end of the year.

“There’s no perfect process, but we hope we have a process that, for the most part, works” she said.

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