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(West Plains) – The West Plains School District and surrounding rural schools are still closed after almost a week and a half of no classes.

After driving many of the roads on Sunday afternoon, school officials determined that most county roads and some side roads in town are still too dangerous for buses to travel. In the West Plains School District, over 60% of students rely on buses to transport them to and from school.

Additionally, school officials are concerned about teenage drivers attempting to navigate slippery roads. West Plains Superintendent, Dr. John Mulford, noted that they know of at least one of their high school students who wrecked a vehicle while driving an ice covered county road this weekend. He added that unfortunately, the area did not get the sun and warmer temperatures everyone was hoping for over the weekend to melt the ice.

Dr. Mulford shared that the six areas superintendents will be meeting later this week to review the current circumstances and what we might be able to do if a similar situation happens again.

West Plains, Richards, Fairview, Junction Hill, Glenwood, and Howell Valley schools build the ten required make-up days for snow into their school calendars. Because of that, no additional days will have to be added to the school calendar and all scheduled days out of session such as Spring Break or President’s Day will not be affected.

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