2017-03-09 / Front Page

Schools unaffected by walkout

With less than two weeks before the official change of season, March 21, county schools still have some wiggle room when it comes to the number of “Act of God” or “snow” days allowed.

And no days have been called off due to teacher walkouts, which occurred sporadically across the nation yesterday on a “Day Without A Woman” strike and forced a handful of schools to close.

Nationally, women were encouraged to stay home from work to show their economic strength and impact on American Society.

No superintendents in Leelanau County reported absenteeism due to the strike.

“We have one or two subs in but no indica- tion that the reason is for women’s day,” Glen Lake Superintendent Sander Scott said.

School districts through out the state are allowed six snow days before they are required to make up the time at the end of the school year.

As of this week, county schools ranged from 3 to 5 school days canceled as the result of weather. Suttons Bay reported five “snow days”; Leland and Northport four apiece and Glen Lake, three.

All four schools report two days in which the beginning of classes was delayed by two hours, allowing county Road Commission crews time to clear roads.

“We still have plenty of room,” Leland Superintendent Jason Stowe said. “We get six and don’t have to make up any if we stay below that number.”

Stowe said this year’s snow day total pales in comparison to the winter of 2015, when a number of days when classes were canceled — not for snow, but because of record-breaking low temperatures.

Glen Lake’s snow days include two in January and one in February. Classes were called on Jan. 4 and 17 and the most recent cancellation was Feb. 24.

About six inches of snow was recorded that day at the National Weather Service cooperative weather station in Maple City.

At the other end of the peninsula, Northport Superintendent Neil Wetherbee reported just four days off.

“I think were still in good shape,” he said.

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