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Cheatham County School District runs out of snow days

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Cheatham County School District runs out of snow days

The Cheatham County School District used its final snow day of the academic year last week and planned to hold classes remotely because the winter storm still prevented in-person learning, the district announced.

The district’s Feb. 19 closure exhausted the 13-day stockpile for the 2020-’21 school year, according to district spokesman Tim Adkins.

The district announced on Sunday that it would go to a remote learning plan on Monday because many secondary roads in the county still had ice. The announcement said that it planned to resume fulltime in-person learning on Tuesday or whenever weather conditions allowed.

The district used three stockpiled days from Aug. 10-12 to delay the start of school amid COVID-19 protocols, something Adkins said was common among districts.

Other days used included Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving break and all weekdays between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19, inclusive.

The district refers to the snow days as “stockpile” or “inclement weather” days.

“As we made our decisions to close school due to the inclement weather, we still wanted to observe the honored tradition of snow days,” Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck said in a statement released by Adkins.

“We believe that ‘true’ snow days are important for both our students and staff,” Beck said. “There’s nothing like the anticipation of getting a phone call or seeing on social media that school will be closed and the fun memories, such as sledding, baking cookies, reading books and watching a good movie, that are made on those days.”