Schools consider tornado days like snow days after storms

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After the recent tornadoes there has been a lot of talk about how to keep school children safe.

Many began discussing the possibility of having much like snow days, tornado days.

We talked to the State Department of Education’s Sherry Fair.

She said districts are in charge of their own calendars.

“The only thing we require is as a state is that they have 180 instructional days or 1,080 instructional hours,” she said. “So the extra days they build into the calendar are at their discretion and can be used at their discretion.”

Fair said high risk weather days can be tricky when it comes to canceling school.

“There’s a lot for those districts to consider and that’s what people have to realize,” she said. “If you’re going to send a child home in the middle of the day, are you sending an elementary child home to an empty house? Are you sending that child home to an empty house in very bad conditions like a tornado.”

We contacted several school districts about the possibility, including Moore Public Schools.

We have not heard back from them yet.

“It could be done but there are a lot of factors to consider to consider when they do it and some of those factors always have to do with the children’s safety priority,” Fair said.

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