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School officials make tough calls to delay or cancel schools in inclement weather

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

School officials pay close attention to weather forecasts leading up to a winter storm, but that's not the only factor when deciding whether to cancel class.

Education Director for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools in Waterloo Jeff Frost said it's a decision he takes personal.

Frost has four children and said he takes into account whether he would want them to be driving in certain weather conditions.

"First and foremost it's safety first. Safety is the number one consideration when we are determining whether to late start, early out or cancel for the day," said Frost.

Frost said his district has approximately 1,100 students. Of those about 300 can drive.

"It always comes back to...do I want my kids out on the road driving? Would I want other people's kids driving?" he said.

Frost said his school district works closely with Waterloo Public Schools since the two districts share a buses.

"If they cancel, we usually do too," he said, adding that the two schools don't always make the same decision.

Frost said most school officials try to hang on as long as possible to get a school day in. That's because most snow days will need to be made up at the end of the school year since the state requires districts to fulfill 180 days of school.

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