Schools families forced to adjust as snow falls

first_imgFlurries of snow gave way to a flurry of activity at Clark County schools Tuesday, as, just hours after the first bells rang, news came of classes and activities canceled due to the early snowfall.The National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, as an early low-pressure system brought snow earlier than expected into Vancouver.Not early enough, however, for districts to make the call on canceling or delaying school.At some districts, that meant canceling after-school sports and clubs rather than sending students home early. Evergreen Public Schools, Clark County’s largest school district, kept students in class through their normal school day.“Clearly, if we make any decision about sending students home early, we want to give parents as much notice because we don’t want to deliver — especially our elementary students — to homes where there’s no one home,” district spokeswoman Gail Spolar said.But at Battle Ground Public Schools campuses, which typically get hit harder by snow than low-lying Vancouver districts, students were sent home before noon. That meant buses returning to school, in some cases, only a couple hours after they’d left. Pleasant Valley Primary School was a scene of controlled chaos, as parents arrived early to pick up their children, and front-desk staff pieced together departure plans for students whose afternoon care was suddenly derailed.last_img read more