Despite winter-weather, school's in session in Forest Ranch

Highway 32 up to Schott Road was open this morning, and so were the doors at Forest Ranch Charter School.

Posted: Mar 1, 2018 5:23 PM

Overnight snow left a dusty white blanket - and an air of excitement - over the Forest Ranch Charter School campus.

"I like to make snowmen! ... I like to fall in the snow! ... I like snowball fights!" the kindergarteners yelled with glee.

"I love it when it's stormy like this, you can look out the window and it's just really pretty," said 7th-grader Ashley Brose.

With a lot of snow on the ground already in areas a little higher than Forest Ranch, some families were surprised to hear school was in session today.

"We woke up at 3 a.m. and the power was out, it was still out when we left," said 7th-grader Karlee O'Rear, who lives in upper Forest Ranch. "We had 6-8 inches of snow, we actually had a hard time getting out of our driveway this morning."

The school has a pretty thorough procedure for deciding when to call for a "snow day".

"I usually drive my car up and down, check to see because it can pile up really quick, coordinate with the blow, if there's electricity, call my bus driver and check in and we have a whole routine," said the school Executive Director Christia Marasco.

About 30% of the students take the bus from Chico, so if Highway 32 is shut down, so is class.

"We do have a few staff out because of weather related issues but typically if everything's in order and the county and other schools are going, we operate," said Marasco.

But when it's safe to be in class despite the weather? They always try to make the most of it.

"We make it fun, we were able last week to go to our hiking area and play and have snowball fights, we always enjoy the snow" said Marasco.

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