Snow closes Re-1 schools |

Snow closes Re-1 schools

Bobby MagillGlenwood Springs correspondent

Roaring Fork School District Re-1 officials called a snow day Wednesday for the first time in about eight years after more than 3 inches of snow caused icy roads and low visibility early in the morning. The district’s last snow day was during the 1996-97 school year, Superintendent Fred Wall said. Reports of blowing snow and icy conditions in El Jebel around 5 a.m. prompted the district to close schools, he said. “I’ve been here going on 23 years and this is about the fourth snow day,” said Re-1 transportation director Larry Estrada. “Some people are mad because we did call it, and some people are not. But you can’t make everyone happy. We try and do the best we can.”Glenwood Springs Elementary School received a few angry phone calls from parents who were upset school had been canceled, prompting Principal Sonya Hemmen to send out an e-mail informing parents why school was canceled. But most parents and teachers were glad officials erred on the side of safety, Hemmen said. “Most people were delighted,” she said. “I would guess that today is Take Your Child to Work Day.”She said the snow day gave the district a chance to test its phone trees to notify parents and faculty about school closures. But one challenge Re-1 faces is informing Spanish-speaking parents about school cancellations. “In the very early mornings there are no Spanish radio broadcasts, so we will need to determine an effective way to communicate with our non-English parents in the future,” Wall said.

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