Pressure : 29.84 in
Dewpoint : 63.0 °
Wind : Southeast
Grand Island, Hastings schools avoid second snow day
The storm is over and although many schools called a second snow day, several Grand Island and Hastings School district had students back in the classroom.
But not everyone was happy about hitting the books this frigid Friday.
Gloves, coats, hats, and backpacks. Some kids were hoping for a snow day, but they weren't so lucky.
"I woke him up this morning and he's like ohh. He had a fit about it but that's normal so," said parent Lela Prevett.
"Wish we didn't have to go to school, but that's what a kid always says so," said Anthony Aulner.
Hastings and Grand Island Public Schools stayed open.
"I actually figured that they were going to cancel school so it's kind of late and I look over the thing on the news and all of a sudden the lady says that Hastings' Public School is in progress so I had to hurry up and go out and shovel and everything, but other than that it wasn't," said David Campbell.
Craig Kautz, Superintendent of Hastings Public Schools made the decision around 5:00 Friday morning.
"Based on the info that I had been able to obtain by 5:15 this morning I felt very comfortable that we could open schools," said Kautz.
Why make the decision this morning?
"We have to make sure the city is able to carry out what they think they can carry out. We have to wait for their work and our own staff's work to be finished to judge whether or not the streets will be safe or whether our grounds will be safe," Kautz said.
However, some parents and others are sounding off on Facebook. Justin W. wrote, "Closing it will keep everyone safe at home."
Jen A. wrote, "Why risk the kids lives? It may have stopped snowing but the roads are slick!"
"A lot of people said with the roads also the cold and trying to get to work and get their kids to school and that was kind of an issue for a lot of them," said Prevett.
But Kautz says it's up to the parent or guardian's discretion.
One thing is for sure it looks like recess will be indoors, the playground is covered in a fresh coat of snow.
"With the sicknesses and stuff going around they're missing a lot of already so another snow day isn't what they need, they need to be here," said Prevett.
Also drawing controversy on Facebook, a rare move on the part of Hastings College to not hold classes Friday even though school districts in the city have not called a snow day.
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