Claiborne County schools max out available snow days

Claiborne County schools max out available snow days

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School officials in Claiborne County canceled school on Friday, which marks the 11th snow day this school year. It's also the last remaining snow day built into the school's calendar. School officials in Claiborne County canceled school on Friday, which marks the 11th snow day this school year. It's also the last remaining snow day built into the school's calendar.
The Claiborne County of Board of Education says they called off school Friday because of concerns about buses traveling on some of the county's steeper roads, which parents say are still icy. The Claiborne County of Board of Education says they called off school Friday because of concerns about buses traveling on some of the county's steeper roads, which parents say are still icy.
"I would rather my kids be safe and the other children be safe. If they have to go a few days in the summer, then it's not a big deal," said Charity Peoples. "I would rather my kids be safe and the other children be safe. If they have to go a few days in the summer, then it's not a big deal," said Charity Peoples.
Leanna Bolling didn't agree with the decision to cancel school on Friday, saying the extended time off has caused her 7-year-old daughter to become restless. Leanna Bolling didn't agree with the decision to cancel school on Friday, saying the extended time off has caused her 7-year-old daughter to become restless.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - Already this winter, schools across the area are depleting their snow day banks.  

6 News asked different schools how many days have been used and how this will impact the rest of the school year.  

School officials in Claiborne County canceled school on Friday, which marks the 11th snow day this school year. It's also the last remaining snow day built into the school's calendar.

The Claiborne County of Board of Education says they called off school Friday because of concerns about buses traveling on some of the county's steeper roads, which parents say are still icy.   

"I would rather my kids be safe and the other children be safe. If they have to go a few days in the summer, then it's not a big deal," said Charity Peoples, a Tazewell resident with two children in the school system.

The school system says making up school days in the summer or over spring break are options. Even a Saturday make-up day is a possibility if one just more school day is canceled.  

Bob Oakes, assistant director of Claiborne County Board of Education, says "all options are on the table" if school days do need to be made up.

"People do plan things in advance. If they plan a vacation and they cancel school with no snow on the ground, then they take away from their vacation," said Leanna Bolling, a Tazewell resident.  

Bolling didn't agree with the decision to cancel school on Friday, saying the extended time off has caused her 7-year-old daughter to become restless.  

"She has things she looks forward to in school. She likes school. She likes to be in school," Bolling said.  

Monday was the only day this week county students went for a full day. School let out early Tuesday because of snow, but it didn't count as a snow day.

"I do appreciate the precaution in case it did get bad, but it really used up some days that didn't need to be used," said Stephanie Netherton, a New Tazewell resident.

Parents say some fourth and fifth grade teachers are starting practice testing, though the school system wouldn't say how the cancellations would affect that. 

Oakes added that the central office would consult with teachers and staff before making any final recommendations.  

School officials with Knox County say eight snow days are built in each year. So far this year, five days have been used.

If for some reason more than eight days are used because of bad weather, they will likely use administrative days as instructional days.  

School officials in Sevier County say Friday was the 10th snow day they have used this year, and they have three remaining.

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