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The Paradise Unified School District decided not to close schools on Thursday, but are now watching the forecast for Friday to see if that will be necessary.

Posted: Mar 1, 2018 8:42 AM

The winter storm hitting the North State already has chain controls in some higher elevations areas and could call for road closures.

The Paradise Unified School District decided not to close schools on Thursday, but are now watching the forecast for Friday to see if that will be neccisary. 

The district has snow plows ready to go and four school buses are equiped with automatic chains.

There are 8 schools with 3,400 students within the district.

They haven't called for a snow day in 4 years so what would it take?

"If it snowed hard and fast enough that we could not get any of the sidewalks cleared to where kids could not get to class or the buses. I'm not as worried about the buses getting out because they are chained and ready to go, but if the sites themselves are not safe," said Michelle John, Superintendent. 

"At that point we'll have everyone deployed and try and keep everything as clear as we can. So as soon as we can get all the students and staff back in the classroom, we will," said Jake Timm, District Maitenance Manager. 

If a snow day is neccisary, the district will use it's school messenger to notify parents as soon as possible.

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