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Some metro school districts to add two hour late start option

Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 25, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Westside Community School District spokesperson says they've agreed to add a two hour late start to winter season options.

The school district says this change allows them to call a snow day, a two hour late start or a regular full day depending on weather.

A two hour delay prevents schools from losing a whole day of instruction while providing more time for street clearing, parking lot and sidewalk snow removal and less crowded roads for younger drivers.

Westside Community Schools says it will remain diligent in tracking weather, analyzing conditions of roads and doing their best to make informed decisions regarding the weather.

*NOTE*: A Westside Community School District spokesperson contacted KMTV after this article was posted, clarifying she can only state Westside's policy. An initial letter to parents said "all metro area school districts." We are working to confirm what schools in the metro area are changing their delay/cancellation options.

Bellevue Community Schools have confirmed they are not including the two hour delay option.

Millard and Westside Community School Districts have confirmed they are including the option.

Papillion-La Vista Schools have not yet decided but are looking into whether they will implement the option.

Omaha Public Schools says they are currently reviewing and discussing their winter weather procedures.

Find more information from Westside below.