Last week, students throughout the area got two days off of school due to weather.

But how do districts decide when to cancel classes?

The district builds three snow days into the schedule for the school year. If more than three snow days are called, students must make up that day. “It’s really watching the weather reports,” said Anette Eyman, spokeswoman for Papillion La Vista Community Schools.

School districts throughout the metro area work together, keeping in close contact in with each other.

“It’s a lot of collaboration between districts,” Eyman said. “Sometimes conditions can vary, particularly from Sarpy County to Douglas County, but there is collaboration to get the big picture of what the weather is like.”

If weather starts to happen, Superintendent Andy Rikli will take to the streets, driving the roads to see what the weather is doing.

Rikli considers road conditions in neighborhoods and sidewalk conditions.

“In our district, historically we don’t usually do a late start or early release,” Eyman said, which means the district has to plan ahead for weather conditions throughout the day.

Last week, the second snow day was called fairly early Tuesday evening.

“Because that second round of snow hit so late, originally we were going to wait until morning, but when the snow hits late like that, sometimes the concern is how quick can we get roads cleared in the morning,” Eyman said.

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