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Schools in double-digit snow days after extreme winter weather

“It’s frustrating for the teachers, they lose that momentum, they lose that stability that they have in the classroom,” the superintendent said.

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — Most schools in northern Michigan are now in the double digits in terms of snow days. After a brief melting period, schools are finally able to look at how this is impacting both academics and athletics.

Mesick Consolidated Schools is one of those. They’ve had 11 school closings in the last month due to weather.

“It’s been difficult, it’s been stressful,” said Superintendent Scott Akom. “When you have two or three days off a week, and come to school for two days, those routines and procedures tend to be forgotten and have to be revisited.”

Akom says teachers have to evaluate lesson plans.

“It’s frustrating for the teachers, they lose that momentum, they lose that stability that they have in the classroom,” said Akom.

“I’ve used those [snow] days to preplan so I have some things done, so when we’re done reviewing again, so I can just jump into my routine again,” Katie Zemsta, an art teacher at Mesick Consolidated Schools.

Akom says they can get some of those missed days back.

“The state will forgive up to six days, snow days, we can apply for a waiver for three additional days and that will bring us up to nine," Akom said. "You're not guaranteed that waiver, you have to apply for it, and then we currently will be looking at two extra days.”

Numerous athletic events were cancelled across the state throughout the month of January.

“Our first priority is always the safety of the student athletes,” said Kyle Duby, the athletic director and boys varsity basketball coach.

Varsity girls basketball at Mesick have three weeks left in their season and the boys have two.

“So [we're] looking at eight games that [we're] trying to fit into a 16 day window,” Duby said.

Duby and other athletic directors in the conference have been working to reschedule games for the next few weeks, that includes working with referees to officiate the games.

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