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Snow days are piling up for Iowa schools

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- With slick roads from freezing rain, many eastern Iowa schools will have a few more make-up days at the end of the year.  Many canceled Wednesday and Thursday. Some parents didn't understand canceling Thursday, when many roads seemed okay.

In the Dubuque Community School District, students have only gone to class one day this week. Monday was Martin Luther King Junior Day, and school was called off due to weather both Wednesday and Thursday."

"With the ice, I thought for sure we'd delay, but didn't think we'd cancel. Again," Paula Bodish said.

With school canceled. Bodish brought her son to Monkey Business where she's the manager.

"He can go to work with me and have fun, so I might as well just take him with me instead of paying another day of daycare," Bodish said.

For other parents, another snow day can mean missed work or just a hassle figuring out what to do. A lot of parents picked places like Monkey Business, where on a snow day, kids get in free until 4:00.

"Normally, we have more the toddlers, the younger ones that aren't in school yet. Days like today, we have older kids that are tired of being at home and want to get outside of the house," Bodish said.

There's the question: If you can get your kids out to play, can't they go to school?

"it's hard to understand if you live in the city that it can be hazardous out in the country," Superintendent Larie Godinez said.

That's where the decision is made: Rural, often gravel roads. that busses test in the early morning.

"At 3:30, they sent out the checkers. At 4:20, [the transportation director] called to tell me we already had one of those checker busses stuck," Godinez said.

The tow truck also got stuck, and the county had to help.

"To add 40 students or 50 students to that bus just compounds safety issues, and we only need to make one mistake that will cost us dearly," Godinez said.

Godinez says they have to make a decision on whether to delay or cancel by 5:00 a.m. so kids aren't on busses (which happened Wednesday).  Hard surface routes aren't an option for Dubuque because of the gravel road layout, Godinez said.

This cancellation brings Dubuque's snow day total to six. In a worst-case scenario, the absolute last day of school for any district in the state would be June 30. That's because the school year technically runs July 1 to June 30.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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