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Snow days already going fast for Lakota

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) --The call was made around 4:00 a.m. this morning to close school in the Lakota district, now the district only has two snow days left for the entire year from the state, but there's  a plan in place if they need more.

"I felt really,really happy, and I felt, yes I can finally play in the snow," said Jillian Lewis.

Lakota Plains 8th grader Jana and her sister Jillian aren't letting their snow day slip away, they're making the most of the impromptu chance to throw snowballs instead of going to school.

"I'm a substitute teacher, so I had planned on being at work today, but we're all off," said Lakota parent Yolanda Lewis.

Although it may mean lost work day for some parents, they say the move by the district was the right one.

"Shoveling this morning, underneath the layer it had melted, and then there was ice underneath so, I think it was justified," said Lakota Parent Vinson Lewis.

"I don't want to use up all the snow days now,  I want some in January and February and March too," Lewis said.

But, with the next storm expected as early as Thursday, an even spread of snow days is unlikely. Lakota Schools have three calamity days to use for snow or other situations, but on top of that they also have 5 days built in the school calendar should they need more.

"School district will often times build days at the end, or in other places in the calendar where they could make them up if they needed to," said Laura Kursman of Lakota Local Schools.

 After initially scheduling a 2 hour delay they reassessed the roads between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. -- many were surprised the snow day was taken so early in the winter, still the district says it all comes down to safety 

"Road safety and bus safety and our drivers and everything like that so, when we're looking at calling a day, it's not so much how many days we have left, but how safe the roads are to drive to school," Kursman sad.

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