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Quad City Schools and The Snow

Updated: Feb 26, 2013 06:18 PM CST
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A lot of schools either canceled or had an early dismissal due to our winter weather. Superintendents have to consider conditions, the timing of the storm and if we're getting freezing rain when making that call

"We try to make a decision by no later than 5:30am. We want to give our patrons and our staff notification as early as possible. We know that it is an inconvenience for them to have to change plans and figure out child care," says Bettendorf Schools Superintendent Theron Schutte.

Neighboring districts consult each other when deciding whether or not there will changes to a schools schedule. Making that decision also involves preparations to keep students safe. School grounds crews clear out parking lots and shovel a path for students to walk. Crossing guards also have to make sure that students can get home safely.

"I have 2 pairs of gloves, I have this coat and the liner of the coat," says Crossing Guard Marie Rock, "I also have a wind breaker that keeps out the cold air."

Rock deals with snow by being prepared.

"When you're covered you stay very warm, because it seals in your body heat," adds Rock, "It's very important."

The crossing guard is wearing 6 layers of clothes.

"The only part of my body exposed is my face, the rest is sealed in," says Rock.

Once Rock is bundled up she does her safety checks.

"We do the plowing for our kids," adds Rock, "After that I make sure I get on the road early, so I make sure the cars see me and they see my lights. Therefore they have plenty of time to stop."

The crossing guard's works to make sure the snow does not cause any accidents.

"By making sure I'm safe, and then I know the kids are safe. So, that is usually the first rule of being a crossing guard," says Rock.

She also looks out for her students.

"We try to tell the children not to go around this road here, because we cannot see them," says Rock, "If they go around the corner we can keep an eye on them."

If something does happen, Rock is prepared for that too.

"We have our phones so we can call 911 or the police," say Rock.

When the snow causes an early out, Rock says as long as people use one thing, students, parents and buses will get home okay.

"Common sense, that's really what's important," says Rock, "If you have good common sense than everything falls right into place."