West Salem School District prepares for potential snow days

In the 2020-21 school year, the district didn't have any snow days

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) — For kids, snow days are a gift from Mother Nature but for schools, they are days when months of planning take effect.

In the 2020-21 school year, the West Salem School District didn’t have any snow days.

But district transportation director Richard Kline says there are plans for such evengs.

“What I typically do is, if it’s any amount of snow, I’ll leave about 3:30, 4 o’clock in the morning, and I start traveling roads that I know are the most treacherous for our district — lot of it is hills and curves and that sort of thing,” Kline said.

After checking road conditions, Kline calls the superintendent to talk about the plowing progress, and they make the final call.

Some “snow days” don’t even involve precipitation, he said.

The school also has a plan for negative temperatures, intended to protect students from getting frostbite.

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