Snow days won't impact school count day totals

OCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Wednesday was student count day for schools across the state, but thousands of students in West Michigan had a snow day.

State funding for school districts is based on count day attendance, but districts that closed aren't worried about closing.

Rockford Public School was among the districts that canceled classes Wednesday. Dr. Mike Shibler, superintendent of the district, said he's not sweating it.

"The state will allow the following day that you're in session to be the student count day," he explained to 24 Hour News 8.

Shibler said that his district has had to close 14 times this school year. On the first week of school, dangerous heat forced a closure.

"People make a big deal out of these count days in October and in February, but really we have that flexibility," he said.

The snow didn't shut down Grand Rapids Public Schools Wednesday.

"We are optimistic about our numbers," GRPS spokesman John Helmholdt said.

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