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Icy roads close schools

ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena county students got their first snow day of the season on Monday. There was just one thing missing: the snow.

On the advice of their transportation director, the school district announced the closure early Monday morning.

Superintendent David Rabbideau said that ice on the roads was too slick for buses to travel safely.

He told WBKB the district’s sheer size means they think about safety differently than smaller urban districts.

“Sometimes when the weather seems fine in the city, you have to consider it’s 30 minutes in every direction and a total of 604 square miles.”

In other words, it was safer to cancel school than endanger students on slippery roads miles away from help.

Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday.