February 4, 2014

Wichita school district cancels Wednesday classes

Most Wichita-area students will get a second snow day.

Most Wichita-area students will get a second snow day.

Officials with the Wichita, Andale, Andover, Cheney, Circle, Derby, Garden Plain, Goddard, Haven, Haysville, Maize, Mulvane and Valley Center school districts said there will be no school Wednesday.

Wichita State University and Wichita Catholic schools also canceled all classes and activities.

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday

Wichita school district officials said they wanted to allow crews to clear city streets and school campuses. Some employees, including building principals and custodians, will report to work at 10 a.m.

District spokeswoman Susan Arensman said officials consider several factors, including total snow accumulation, road conditions, wind chill and power to buildings, when deciding whether to have school.

Forecasters said they expect 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Wichita area and more just north of the city.

School districts build some additional days into their calendars in case of weather cancellations. Last year, when the Wichita district canceled classes four days because of snow and dangerous road conditions, some schools made up lost class time by not releasing students early for parent-teacher conferences.

In 2011, when the Wichita district canceled classes six days for snow, only high school seniors were required to attend school for additional days. Those days were tacked on just prior to commencements in May.

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