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Snow days mean make-up days for DeSoto County students

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - School leaders in Desoto County are not thrown off by the recent school cancellations due to snow.

Nearly 32,000 students in the DeSoto County school system went home early Thursday. Winter weather was moving in.

"We knew it was coming our direction," said Superintendent Milton Kuykendall.

He makes the decision on whether on not to close school for snow days.

"Safety is our number one priority," said Kuykendall, "and we're not going to take any chance with anyone's child."

It is the reason why Kuykendall cancelled classes Friday. It's the third cancellation in the last nine days.

"There are some roads that not only a bus can't go down, a car can't go down," said the Superintendent. He said cancelling class was an easy call.

"We have country roads out in the country and we have a lot of areas and subdivisions off the main road that the bus can't get in," said Kuykendall.

He is concerned about high school students who drive themselves to school. Kuykendall  doesn't want them to get out on icy roads.

"We can make up school when its 90 degrees out," said Kuykendall, "but we can never make up a child's life."

The state of Mississippi requires the school year to be a minimum of 180 days. The school board allots five make-up days in advance for snow cancellations.

"We may have to go sometimes when we don't want to go and we may have to go some times we have to turn the air conditioner on, but we'll make those days up and we'll do right by our kids and follow the law."

Two make-up days are scheduled for Feb 18 and 21st, 2011. All other snow days will be made up at the end of the school year.

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