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Mountain snow piles up, Avery students to miss on Wednesday

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NEWLAND, NC (WBTV) -

Snowfall continued for  second day in a row across the North Carolina mountains with totals exceeding a foot in some places. The blowing snow kept secondary roads covered and forced the Avery County School system to keep their doors closed for another day.

"We now are into day 18 of snow days up here," said Superintendent David Burleson and late on Tuesday afternoon he decided Wednesday would become snow day number 19.

Making the days up has not been too difficult so far, he said on Tuesday, but could be if bad weather was to strike in April. Teacher work days have been used up and with snow days coming this late in the school year Burleson said he will have an interesting decision to make on when to make up the latest days.

Two days for spring break are on the calendar for next month and Burleson is wanting the input of parents, students and teachers. "We are sending a survey out to find out what they think," he said. 

It lists two choices for them to consider. "We can give up the spring break and have the kids come to school on those days or we can extend the school year into the second week of June." The original calendar had the last day of school as May 17. "But that was the best case scenario," said Burleson.

As it stands now, students will be in class through the first week of June.

Parents and students have mixed feeling about the situation. The average number of days missed is 15 in Avery County. Last year, only a couple of days were missed. A warm Winter led to the end of the school year and graduation in May.

"This year has brought us back to reality," said Burleson. Officials hope to have the results of the survey in the next few days.

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