Winter storm impacts schools

Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 2:45 PM CST
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OLNEY, Texas (KAUZ) - Due to last week’s recent winter weather, most students across Texoma were out of school.

Olney ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Roach said they were ready with budgeted days.

Roach dismissed students early from school on Monday and canceled school on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, they resumed class with a late start. With that lost time from school this week, Roach talked about whether students will have to make those days up at the end of the year.

“School districts are required to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction per year now, so we build schedules that ensure you have that 75,600 minutes, and we add to that in case we do have to be out,” Roach said.

Roach also said the school district budgeted nine to 12 days for their schools to be shut down because of bad weather.

Also, school districts get funding from the state based on the number of students that attend school each day. Olney ISD serves 730 students and gets an average of $10,000 per student from the state.