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Parents upset over snow day decision

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Two Midstate school districts are receiving criticism from parents for how they handled the snow Tuesday morning.

The West Shore School District, which covers schools in both York and Cumberland counties, did not cancel school Tuesday. Several parents were upset, saying road condition were not safe—especially for students in the York County section of the district.

A district spokesman said a few buses did get stuck in the snow, but all students made it safely to school.

"We anticipated having all our students in before the roads got bad, that was obviously wrong for a portion of the district. Several parents called to express their concerns. We are aware driving conditions were challenging today," said Ryan Argot, spokesman for the West Shore School District.

Parents in the Susquehanna Township School District were upset when school officials waited too long to cancel school. Some parents say their kids were already waiting at bus stops by the time they received word school was canceled.

The school district acknowledged they may have caused some scheduling conflicts for parents. They released this statement.

"A decision was made by school superintendents in Dauphin County at around 5:15 a.m. that school would be in session. However, Susquehanna Township school district officials started to collect additional information soon after 7 a.m. from a variety of sources—including school bus drivers - that road conditions had worsened. At that point, school districts in the area started to make decisions independent of one another—to delay, to close, to be open for secondary students only. We decided to err on the side of caution, safety of our students and staff, to close. We initiated our process to contact media, message and text by phone and email parents and guardians, contact school personnel and announce on the district website. Administrators and staff at buildings and the district office also manned telephones, and they were on site to make sure students who did get to school were returned home safely. Timing is often a factor in these circumstances, and we apologize if some parents/guardians were inconvenienced. This was an unpredictable weather situation at a particularly inopportune time for school schedules," said Susan Anthony, Director of Communications Susquehanna Township School District.

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