IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — Ionia Public Schools holds the record in West Michigan for the most closings this school year.
Ionia students returned to class Monday for the first time since Jan. 25. For perspective, that's the same day the partial federal government shutdown ended. Since then, they have had 10 straight snow days.
"This is uncharted territory," Ionia Superintendent Ronald Wilson said. "In 35 years of education, I've never had 10 days straight that we've been out due to inclement weather."
It's a first for many, including parents.
"It's been crazy trying to keep her active inside the house," mom Cassie Peterson said about her 5-year-old daughter, who attends Jefferson Elementary. "My daughter (has been) going crazy in the house wanting to go to school. She actually really loves school."
Ionia has missed 15 days this school year. State law allows for six snow days and three more can be excused by the state superintendent, which is expected. But that still leaves six days to make up — and winter's not over yet .
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