PG Schools keeping close eye on weather as snow days dwindle

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: January 11, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

With snow in the weekend forecast, PG Schools have four snow days remaining

PRINCE GEORGE – While the last few weeks have been at or slightly above average in terms of temperatures, it’s hard to forget the early winter punch the region received in December, dropping roughly a foot of snow and closing schools for nearly a week.

Even though the massive snow piles from the mid-December storm are mostly gone, their impacts on area school divisions and their calendars aren’t as the storm forced a number of school systems, Prince George included, to close for upwards of four days as state road crews, along with school maintenance staff worked to clear facilities and roadways. 

According to school division officials last week, they currently have four of their ten banked snow days remaining for the 2018-2019 school year. When asked, Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability Dr.  Lisa Pennycuff said, even though they have nearly a school week left in banked time, they are and will continue to closely monitor what the remainder of the winter season holds for the county.

“At this time, the division will monitor the weather and will consider adjustments based on additional days missed in January and February,” she said. “Adjustments to current plans may be necessary depending on the number of additional days missed due to inclement weather.”

In total, Prince George County Public Schools were closed for seven days over the course of the current school year, four due to the December snow event and three others due to other weather-related impacts. In an earlier interview, Pennycuff said one of those missed days has already been made up, leaving four banked days in the school’s calendar.

Last year, despite the active winter, the school division was able to finish the school year without depleting their inclement weather day reserves, which resulted in the school system being able to provide students and teacher with an additional day off toward the end of the 2017-2018 school year. 

“Prince George County Public Schools builds this ‘banked time’ into the annual calendar to try to limit the impact of unexpected changes for our families and staff,” Pennycuff explained, adding that the school system has three days in their calendar that have been formally designated as “potential make-up days for inclement weather” should the need arise. 

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