How Board of Education Members Decide on "Snow Days"

By: Hanna Francis Email
By: Hanna Francis Email

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The night before snow, when students are crossing their fingers for a delay or cancellation, many board of education members hit the bed early. They have to be out the door by 3 a.m. to help decided whether to give a snow day.

"We have to get out and drive and see what the roads are like," Cabell County Board of Education member Mike O'Dell said. "We have designated areas and the goal is to make a recommendation to our superintendent by 6 a.m."

In Cabell County, a team of five hit the streets to assess the slickness factor. They keep in constant contact with the National Weather Service and each other. Then at 4:15 a.m., the West Virginia State Board of Education holds a conference call for all counties in the state to share road conditions with each other. Board Members then share what they've found with their superintendent, who makes a final decision.

O'Dell also tells Cabell County has a road brigade of it's own: six snow trucks that plow and salt bus routes and school property. The crew has been preparing for a possible snow for the last week.

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