Up to 3 inches of snow causes Rockwall Co. school cancellations Friday

All public and private schools across Rockwall County and most of Dallas-Ft. Worth are closed again Friday after 2-3 inches of snow fell overnight across most of the Metroplex.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Noon Friday, meaning that more snow is stii expected, and the accumulations of snow and ice may cause further travel difficulties.

Night-time temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all weekend and finally advance into the 30s Tuesday night. Sunshine is forecast to reappear today and daytime temperatures are expected to reach into the 40s by Tuesday.

The icy road conditions are what prompted at least Rockwall ISD officials to cancel school Friday, according to the statement on their website.

After having to take an unprecedented four straight snow days this week, school officials will have to decide how to make up at least two days. But WFAA-TV is reporting that the Texas Education Agency will likely issue a waiver for the additional days and they will not have to be made up.

According to the TEA, “Districts that have been closed for more than two days due to winter weather conditions may apply for a missed instructional day waiver. The first two days missed for any reason must be made up.”

“Good Friday” is reportedly one of the days which many school districts use as a make-up day.

Without a waiver, schools might have to schedule classes on weekends because they are required to hold a certain number of class days each year.

Adding extra days to the school year is usually a last option, said the TEA.

If a district can prove it has used the two built-in weather days, the Agency said it is inclined to issue a waiver for additional missed days.

“I can’t recall an event this large for a winter storm,” said TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher.


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