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Area schools close early for snow

COLONIE -- Most area school districts decided to close early Thursday because of the snow.  Districts said the snow was forecast to intensify in the afternoon and wanted to get kids home safely.

It is a very serious decision and I think any time you're looking at the safety of our students and their education those are big issues, said D. Joseph Corr, Superintendent of North Colonie Central Schools.

Districts are required by the state to have classes at least 180 days a year. BOCES issues a base calendar for the year and districts are allowed to adjustments for local holidays or observances.

Each district is also charged with budgeting its own snow days and ensuring it holds at least 180 days of instruction. North Colonies calendar calls for 186 days, which allows six snow days without adding days at the end of the year. So far only one day has been called.

Instructional time is important and we don't cavalierly make the decision to close school, said Corr. We focus on the safety of our students and our ability to get them to and from school.