BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Public Schools announced a traditional snow day for Thursday given the impending winter storm – students and staff have the day off, with no remote learning.

Parts of the Buffalo metro area could see a foot of snow or more. Snow is expected to begin falling Wednesday night and could continue all day Thursday.

All after-school programming is also canceled Thursday. The district did advise that remote learning could be implemented in the future instead of a snow day.

“Tomorrow will be a traditional snow day for students with no scheduled activities at school or at home,” Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said in a statement. “Please be advised that in the future, the District may utilize its discretion to conduct remote instruction during an inclement weather day.”

Other districts closed

Numerous other districts in WNY also announced they are closed for Thursday after Buffalo’s announcement.

School leaders say it’s not just the snowfall for them to consider, they’re also concerned about a shortage of school bus drivers and kids waiting in the snow, and other staffing problems.

“If a significant number of school districts across the region close because of the weather it creates a really serious staffing problem for the remaining school districts who may not have bad weather but a lot of their staff lives in a community where the weather is really bad, where the schools are closed and their children are home,” said Michael Cornell, who’s the president of the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association.

Other districts closed as of 5 p.m. include Amherst, Depew, Williamsville, West Seneca, Orchard Park and Lackawanna.

“We want to make sure that we’re not waiting until the last minute to call a snow day so that parents have ample time to plan for a day when their students will be at home,” said Williamsville Central School District Superintendent Dr. Darren Brown-Hall.

View the full list of closings here.

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