School dis­trict ex­plains keep­ing kinder­gart­ners home an ex­tra day

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - — Kent Jack­son

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.

ELLEN F. O’CON­NELL/Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

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.

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