The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 13, 2012

After Monday school cancellation, kids go play

ENID — Snow Sunday night and Monday morning in northwest Oklahoma gave the gift of a play day to many students in the region.

In Enid, students out to enjoy the day built snowmen, headed for the nearest sledding hills, had snowball fights and could be seen enjoying snowy activities across town.

The break will end today: Enid Public Schools plans to have classes.

Public Library of Enid and Garfield County played host Monday to many children out of school. They used computers, listened to recordings, read books, pieced together puzzles and generally hung out.

Carlie Morgaridge, 6, a Hayes Elementary School kindergartner, played in the snow with her dad, Cotie, then went to the library with her mother, Ashley Jones, to snag some movies on DVD to watch at home.

Miles Preston, 13, a student at Emerson Middle School, got a change of pace Monday — but not really a play day. He went to work with his dad, Todd Preston, at Sue’s Cafe on Broadway. There, he pitched in carrying meals to customers, straightening up the storage room, clearing tables and the like.

In addition to classes being canceled at Enid Public Schools, the eighth-grade boys basketball game slated for 6 p.m. at Waller Middle School was canceled.

Enid students will not have to schedule an extra day of school at the end of the year to make up for it, though — at least not now.

“We do not have snow days built into the calendar,” said Amber Fitzgerald, EPS school and community relations director. “The state of Oklahoma allows  school districts to calculate their instructional time by days or by minutes. The number of minutes we attend school each day far exceeds the state requirement, so it is not likely that it will need to be made up unless a significant weather event causes us to miss many more days this year.”

Autry Technology Center also canceled classes Monday because of the snow.

Chisholm Public Schools didn’t have much of a decision to make because classes already were out. Monday was scheduled as a professional day.

Northern Oklahoma College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University opened at 10 a.m. Monday.

NOC Enid’s basketball game with Eastern Oklahoma State College, scheduled for Monday night at Enid, was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wilburton.

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