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Troy schools superintendent talks about what determines when they call a snow day

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 17:33:28-05

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Josie and Ella Bailey and just two of many children in metro Detroit crossing their fingers for another snow day come Wednesday, when arctic air is expected to hit the area.

“I’m not going to go out that day,” said Josie.

“I can understand why they might cancel school, there is a lot of kids in our district that walk and you know it would be really crazy having them stuck in door and those are pretty extreme temperatures,” said mother of Josie and Ella, Kacy Bailey.

The superintendent for the Troy School District, Dr. Richard Machesky, says they will take into account the wind chill, as well as student who wait for the bus and walk to school.

"We have to look at how often, or how long are students going to be in and exposed to the cold and we have to look at how far those students are walking to school,” said Dr. Machesky.

Dr. Machesly says he will speak with other superintendents in the area around 12 hours before school starts to see what the weather will be like the next day, a practice also shared in other counties.

So far, Troy and many other school district have two snow days under their belt. The state allows for six days each school year. If the limit is passed, sometimes the schools will be forgiven, other times student will have to make it up at the end of the school year.

“The number of snow days allowed does come into consideration, but at the end of day it’s all about student safety,” said Dr. Machesky.