There's no day like a snow day for students.
For Mitchell, the the cancelation of classes on Thursday marked the third time they've had to call off school this year. Superintendent Joe Graves initially called for a two-hour late start on Thursday, but conditions didn't improve throughout the day, leading to the decision for school to be canceled around 7:30 a.m. Weather conditions included gusts in excess of 35 mph, wind chills of minus-26 and poor visibility. Classes were also called off for John Paul II Elementary School and Mitchell Technical Institute.
Graves said the schedule will now begin to be made up in May.
"We had two days built in to the calendar so those are already made up," said Graves. "The day we missed, Feb. 7, will be made up on May 24."
The decision is not made lightly, Graves said, but has seven rural bus routes for its students.
"We have a very up-to-date bus fleet," Graves said. "But visibility and icy or snowy conditions can be perilous for both our buses and parental transportation as well."
The Mitchell School District usually has enough instruction hours accumulated, so early dismissals and late start days do not have to be made up and count equal to the number of hours planned for that day, as established in the school district calendar for the year.
"We provide education and we want to get as many hours in as possible," said Graves. "But the most important thing, of course is, the safety of our students."