Miami students were expected back in school this morning and tentatively the rest of the week, despite early forecasts for a chance of more snow.
While weekend accumulation forced other area schools to cancel classes Monday, which for many of them was supposed to be the first day back after holiday break, Miami students weren't due to return until today.
Some of those same schools early on announced they would be closed today as well, including Quapaw, Grove, Jay, Afton, Wyandotte and others.
Miami Superintendent of Schools Loretta Robinson said Monday afternoon that, as of that time, today's classes were still planned as scheduled, as was school for the tentative remainder of the week. She added, however, much depended upon what the weather was going to do.
According to the National Weather Service, there was a 20 percent chance of snow Monday night. Those chances are predicted to grow greater as the week progresses and temperatures are expected to drop into the low single digits.
Robinson said how much snow or ice it takes before calling off class really depends on the conditions of the worst roads.
“We have certain routes we drive really early in the morning to see if there are any real problem spots,” she said. “If those are a go, then we're usually a go for school.”
If some of the roads are found bad enough, however, to warrant cancellation of classes, parents are notified as early as possible, Robinson said, by a recorded telephone voice message. Area television and radio stations are utilized as well, Robinson said. She added that the call on whether or not to cancel school is usually made by 6 a.m. at the latest.
Meanwhile, for parents sending their kids off to school in the early morning hours, Robinson stressed they dress their children in warm enough clothing.
“It's so cold,” she said. “Parents just need to make sure their children are dressed appropriately for them to be outside - just getting on the bus and inside the school - in the wintertime.”