Icy weather conditions causing more Dubuque school cancellations

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — This week marks the third week where bad weather has cancelled or delayed schools all across our viewing area, including in Dubuque.

Today’s weather conditions of freezing rain created icy sidewalks and slick, hilly roads marked the third week of tough conditions and decisions for area schools.

“It’s been a terrible stretch for us, for all schools districts in our area who have really battled with us. this has been a really unprecedented stretch of weather,” said Dubuque School’s Director of School and Community Relations, Mike Cyze.

Just a week ago, dangerously cold temperatures were the concern. Now slick, icy roads have created a transportation challenge for this far flung district.

“We’re a large district that has both city roads and rural roads and that often poses a challenge as well just given the ability of buses to travel and do so safely for our students,” said Cyze.

The district normally sees 3 to 4 cancellations a year. This year they’re hit around 8, which has eaten away at the 5 snow days built into the schedule.

The district working to not extend the year any more than it already has been.

“We have said we are committed as a district to really completing school by Friday, June 7th and taking steps to be able to work toward that so now we’re looking at what steps to take to make that happen,” said Cyze.

Every Iowa district and school across the nation in fact, is required to meet a specific number of days or hours of school instruction.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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