School district explains keeping kindergartners home an extra day
Kindergartners this week received one more day off from school than other Hazleton Area School District students because of an icy threat, not a lack of buses to take them home, Superintendent Craig Butler explained.
Butler canceled kindergarten on Tuesday because of uncertainty about when an ice storm would strike.
“The question of enough vehicles isn’t an issue,” he said when asked about buses, but district officials have been conferring with a school bus con- sultant, Joseph Disabella, to ensure there will be enough bus drivers if, for example, weather forces schools to close while morning kindergartners are in classes but afternoon kindergartners are on the way to school.
Some drivers take morning and afternoon kindergartners to and from school, but additional drivers also transport kindergartners.
“It gets pretty complex in the middle of the day,” Butler said of the drivers’ schedules. “We don’t want to take light- ly the decision to cancel a.m. or p.m. kindergarten. We value the instruction time we have with those children.”
A storm predicted for Tuesday didn’t strike until that night. Most of the Hazleton area awoke to see ice glazing roads, sidewalks and lawns, which caused the school district to cancel classes for all students on Wednesday.
KEEP IT CLEAN — Residents and shop workers along North Wyoming Street in Hazleton use shovels and brooms to remove a heavy coating of ice that covered the area and led to school cancellations after a wintry storm passed through the area Wednesday.