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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
On Tuesday, students in the Dubuque Community School District enjoyed their fourth day of school this academic year cancelled due to winter weather.
Maddie Knabel, a sixth grader at Washington Middle School, enjoyed her day off Tuesday morning by sledding in her front yard with her three-year-old nephew Chad.
"I've gone sledding, l've sat and watched movies and I've slept," she said, recounting the various activities of her snow days this year.
For Maddie's mom Sarah Flynn, however, a snow day isn't all fun and games.
"We do a lot of the neighbors' stuff, so we help everyone snow shovel, snow plow," she said.
The four snow days mean the district is pushing back the last day of school from Friday, May 31 to Thursday, June 6.
"I think the upside to the snow days is that the kids get to have a little break. I think they need to have a little break every once in awhile," Flynn said. "I think the downside is they have to stay in too long for summer. We've got stuff planned to do. Vacations."
Other students, such as those at Loras College, still had to face the flurries and go to class Tuesday.
"All my siblings are home from school today," Loras sophomore and Dyersville native Chelsea McCarraher said while walking to class Tuesday.
She said her friends at other colleges were also not in class, between winter weather cancellations and spring break schedules.
"It was kind of depressing waking up, checking my e-mail and not getting an e-mail saying classes were cancelled, but we're used to it. We're in Iowa," McCarraher said.
Loras College students braved the snow because they had to.
"I wish we didn't have to go to school in this, we could just play in it, enjoy it like everyone else, but oh well," McCarraher said before heading off to class.
In addition to its four full snow days, the Dubuque Community School District has also had five days with two-hour delays, also thanks to winter weather.
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