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Kearney Public Schools Explains Process of Closing School for Snow Days

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Beautiful weather with temperatures above 60 degrees in December won't last forever. Snow will hit the area soon. And when a snow storm hits, school officials have to make a choice -- close for the day or stay open.

"The Diet Coke stock goes up on those days," said Kearney Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher.

After an overnight snow storm Maher wakes up at 4 A.M. to begin the process.

Maher explained the policy for a two hour delay.

"If we know that roads can't be cleared by 7 but they can be by 9 we'll go ahead and have class then," said Maher.

Sometimes conditions are so bad school is canceled a day in advance.

"It has to be abundantly clear the roads aren't going to be clear the next morning," said Maher.

The Kearney superintendent makes the decision after having conversations with the director of transportation, director of buildings and grounds and the National Weather Service in Hastings.

"If it's unsafe for your child to drive to school that day, don't let them come to school that day. As a parent, don't relinquish that decision to me," said Maher.

While students enjoy a snow day sledding down a hill, Maher doesn't get the day off. Maher says it's stressful to make the decision that will impact hundreds of kids and their parents. 

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