All of the snowy action and school cancellations may have people wondering just how many days can a school system use for bad weather.
Georgia and Tennessee schools have different rules when it comes to how many days they get for inclement weather that they don't have to make up at the end of the school year. In Georgia, those schools only get four snow days and one extra make-up day. In the NewsChannel9 viewing area, Catoosa and Walker County Schools both used up all five days, according to school officials. Both plan to use Feb. 17 as a make-up day for students. Whitfield County Schools used three days.
Tennessee schools get more time with a 13-day limit, according to the State Department of Education. Whether those days are used as snow days or for staff development depends on the county.
Bledsoe County voted to use all 13 days as snow days, so they only have two more days left. Hamilton County Schools used three of its seven days for inclement weather, and Marion County Schools only has five snow days left.
Bradley County School System has used six of its nine days, and Cleveland City Schools in Bradley County used four of its nine days allotted for weather.
McMinn County Schools voted to have 11 days for inclement weather, and educators have used six of those days for bad weather conditions. Meigs County Schools used five of its 11 days, officials said.
Other counties with the highest number of snow days used include Sequatchie County Schools with eight of its 12 allotted days and Polk County Schools with eight of its 11 days.
Administrators with Cherokee County Schools in North Carolina said they have used six days for inclement weather and have to make up all of those days.
A NewsChannel9 crew rode around Hamilton County Friday morning see what conditions caused classes to get cancelled. Snow and ice covered the driveway leading up to HillCrest Elementary, which would cause trouble for buses and parents. Sidewalks were covered in suburban schools, like McConnell Elementary and Daisy Elementary.
Superintendent Rick Smith said they take into account lingering snow and ice as well as bad conditions in surrounding communities. He said he they exceed the number of inclement weather days for his school district, then they will develop a plan to make up school days.By Briona Arradondo