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Stevens Point schools stay open, parents concerned


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) --  When Serena Sblendorio woke up, she was sure it was a snow day.

"I said, Evan you have school today. Then I looked at it and was like, actually Evan, no you don't," Sblendorio said.

The mother of three decided to keep her children home, even though Stevens Point School District kept schools open.

"My kids are my responsibility and if I don't feel comfortable going out, I am not letting them go either," Sblendorio said.

Three inches of snow fell in the city. The district Superintendent, Attila Weninger, says schools didn't need to close.

"I think we made the right decision. I don't think we put any students at risk. If people drove careful, slow, they were in good shape," Weninger said.

HE says district officials drove around during the early morning hours, testing the road and checking the weather.

"The roads were slushy, there was some sleet and snow coming down. But, they were passable and navigable," Weninger said.

And some parents, like Anne-Bridget Gary, agree.

"The roads were slushy but they weren't icy, they weren't bad, I think it was fine," Gary said.

The district reported more students did miss school due to the storm. Serena's son was one of them. A decision she said came down to safety.

"He's my heart walking out there, my body. I have to make sure he is safe," Sblendorio said.

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