Sevier County students out for 6th snow day

Sevier County students out for 6th snow day

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Sevier County kids have missed five out of the last seven school days because of weather. Sevier County kids have missed five out of the last seven school days because of weather.
This is Sevier County's sixth snow day this school year. Thirteen are built into the calendar. This is Sevier County's sixth snow day this school year. Thirteen are built into the calendar.
"Sevier County actually attends school for 30 extra minutes beyond state requirements every day, so through the year we build 13 days in that way," Dr. Debra Cline said. "Sevier County actually attends school for 30 extra minutes beyond state requirements every day, so through the year we build 13 days in that way," Dr. Debra Cline said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Sevier County kids have missed five out of the last seven school days because of weather.     

Stacey Bailey and her son Daniel, 13, stopped for breakfast Wednesday morning before they both headed in to her job.

"It's been fun to have him around and spend more time with him, but then being a parent, you just want to get them back in school," Stacey said.

Daniel was already at the bus stop Wednesday morning when Stacey got the call at 6:30 that school was canceled. While it was only raining in the Baileys' neighborhood, it was snowing in Wears Valley and other higher elevations.

"We are a mountainous county. We have many rural roads that run up into higher elevations. Also we have many buses that travel roads along creeks across the county," said assistant superintendent Dr. Debra Cline.

This is Sevier County's sixth snow day this school year. Thirteen are built into the calendar.

"Sevier County actually attends school for 30 extra minutes beyond state requirements every day, so through the year we build 13 days in that way," Dr. Cline said.

Dr. Cline is hoping for an early spring, but if this winter weather continues past those 13 days, they might have to extend the school year.

"On days like today, the most important component in decision making has to be related to the safety of children," Dr. Cline said.

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