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A unique snow day spent in school for Halifax students

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The morning bus ride to school took an interesting twist for elementary school students in Halifax on Wednesday. Classes were canceled as they were on their way to school.

John Tanner arrived at Enders Fisherville Elementary around 1 p.m. to pick up his daughter, Sarah.

"We don't normally have snow days at school," said Sarah with a smile.
She's right. That's not typically how it works.

During the early morning hours, administrators in the Halifax Area School District were keeping a tight watch on radar.

They knew that their high schoolers would arrive early enough to beat incoming freezing rain. Those students would proceed with a normal day.

Timing for elementary school bussing is different, and comes in two trips, making for a closer call.

"At no time did I want children to be unsafe, so I instructed drivers if they felt unsafe to pull the busses over immediately and we could get them help," said Superintendent Bob Hassinger.

With students on-board, many bus drivers did just that.

"I did an automated call to let parents know that we had their children and they were safe and we were bringing them to school and they should call us," said Hassinger.

Parents could then decide if they wanted to pick their child up from school right away, or have the school deliver them home at the normal time.

"I think they did a good job," said Tanner, "I mean, an inconvenience is an inconvenience but all that matters is that the kids are safe."

Since all staff arrived to work, the students who were not able to be immediately picked up celebrated a day off from school,  in school.
Hassinger said that the school will apply for this to count as an Act 80 day. If approved by the state, they would not have to make this up at the end of the year.

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