Farmington schools going on three weeks of snow days

FARMINGTON, Mo. (KSDK) - One Missouri school district is going on three weeks of snow days. That includes a whole week right before winter vacation, and a few days the week they were set to come back.

Now, Farmington officials are working to make sure students don't fall behind.

Superintendent Matt Ruble tells us the majority of the city streets in Farmington have been plowed and are just fine. However, a lot of the streets outside of the city limits, especially side streets, are trouble areas.

Ruble says it's better to err on the side of caution, especially since most buses can't get through most of these side streets to get the kids to school. He says the top priority is the safety of the children.

"Obviously we want to provide a safe environment for our students," Ruble says. "Also academic performance is obviously one of our cornerstones, one of the things we pride ourselves on but obviously we have to get them to school safely."

The mounting snow days also present a unique challenge for the district because MAP testing can't be moved.

Supt. Ruble says they're using the latest window possible to take the statewide assessments to give more time to prepare the students taking them. They'll make up a few days, but he says any way you cut it, the district's 4,000 students will end up missing some instructional time. So district leaders are adjusting accordingly.

"Obviously it's been disruptive and we are worried about that. That's one of the reasons why we've talked extensively with our administrative team in terms of focusing on those GLE's and CLE's at both of those levels and making sure we're able to stay on top of those pieces for our students."

Students were scheduled to be out on Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Easter Monday, but those are now make-up days.


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