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Southeast Iowa schools make last minute decision to cancel classes

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

More than 80 tri-state schools canceled classes Tuesday, most of them making that call last night.

But schools in Fort Madison and Keokuk made last minute decisions after the snow started falling.

Keokuk superintendent Tim Hood said that he wanted to evaluate the situation Tuesday morning to make sure the snowfall predicted actually came and that is a decision some area parents say was a good idea.

The snow hit Southeast Iowa a little later than everywhere else in the tri-states, just before 6:00 a.m.

But when it hit, it hit. The Thick, wet snow pelted Lee County for hours.

Keokuk school officials decided to cancel school as soon as it looked like there was no end in sight for the snowfall, a decision some area parents agree was right.  

"I think it was a good one. I don't like having to drive all the way across town to get the younger two over to Hawthorne," said Amber Padgett, a mother of Keokuk students.

"The country roads get really bad when we get snow like this . In town they can clean off a lot of it, but at this rate they're having a hard time keeping up with it looks like," said Daniel Reinhardt, a father of Keokuk students.

Keokuk Superintendent Tim Hood said the district has already used two snow days this year, so he wanted to make sure the snow was coming before he made the decision to close school doors.

"We decided last night to wait until this morning just in case this missed the forecast," said Hood.

But Hood said when it looked like the forecast was spot on, he decided to cancel school.

Hood says his biggest concerns is not the buses getting to school, but the students."

"You worry about the 15 year-old kid with the school permit driving in the snow for the first time or second time. That's what scares you to death, so that is what you're worried about when you make those decisions everyday," said Hood.

Hood said the decision on whether they are going to cancel classes Wednesday will be made that morning.

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