Understanding School Closures
The Decision to Close Schools Is Based on a Number of Factors
Kalamazoo Public Schools takes seriously the safety of our students and staff seriously. Safety is always at the forefront of our decision on whether to close schools.
We close school for many reasons, including but not limited, to snow, ice, temperature, wind chill, and inadequately plowed or unplowed roads. On rare occasion, the decision is made based on weather forecasts, but usually the decision is made based on the evaluation of KPS transportation staff, who drive the district in the middle of the night to assess road conditions.
“The district is large, and the conditions in one neighborhood or side of town may be different from another,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Nonetheless, we have to make the call for the entire district. In so doing, we consult with other school districts in the county.”
All school districts have closed Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 1, in Kalamazoo County. Including today, we have missed nine school days, largely the same as the other districts in the county.
We understand the concerns over the potential need to make up days later in the school year. It is too early to determine the need for additional days, especially given that there are several weeks of winter still on the calendar.