The unseasonable temperatures for late 2015 may not be a welcome thing by those wanting to see snow, but for the local school system it's been a welcome change to help stay on schedule. This marks the 15th time since the 1975/76 school year that no weather days were missed in December. In fact it's the 4th year in a row no days have been missed in December.
Even more interesting, and helpful for the school system, it's the 10th time that no days from August through December have been missed since 1975-76. The last time that happen was during the 2001-02 school year.
“We have been fortunate not to miss any school before the Christmas break this year. More often than not, we usually miss days prior to the break and have to extend first semester well into the middle of January.” Dr. Scott Elliott, Superintendent of Watauga County Schools, tells WataugaRoads.com
And it's not just the winter weather that schools have to contend with. Dr. Elliott adds “Up here, we can miss days in the fall due to flooding, and ice and snow can always be an issue from October on.”