Gerald O’Halloran uses his snow blower to clear the sidewalk for his neighbors on 11th Street as snow builds up on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gerald O’Halloran uses his snow blower to clear the sidewalk for his neighbors on 11th Street as snow builds up on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau schools get first snow day since 2011

High school basketball games still on for tonight

Down south, half an inch of snow calls for a snow day. But not here, in Alaska. In Juneau, things don’t stop for bad weather.

Friday, they did.

Juneau School District had its first snow day since November 2011, according to Kristin Bartlett, chief of staff for the district.

“This morning the main routes were pretty clear, but the snow on side streets and sidewalks was deep in many areas,” Bartlett said.

Crews from the State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the City and Borough of Juneau, along with the Juneau School District Maintenance Department all work to plow the school bus routes, bike lanes, sidewalks and parking lots to assure students can get to school.

“We look at the ability of the First Student school buses to safely run their routes, as well as the ability of students, staff and families to safely drive or walk to school,” Bartlett said.

[Fleeing the 49th state: Alaska’s population declines again]

Sometimes there’s just too much snow to clear before the morning commute begins, as was the case on Friday.

However, Friday’s high school basketball games are still scheduled to occur since the traveling teams are already here, and the games are scheduled for later in the day.

“Basketball games are late in the day after the storm is predicted to be over and when streets would be in better shape,” said Board of Education member Dan DeBartolo on Facebook. “This morning is more than about bus routes. It’s about safety while walking to stops, and visibility of kids while snow equipment is out in force. Neighborhood streets take a lot longer to get addressed, and the darkness, limited lines of sight with snow piles, and unpredictable driving surfaces are all factors in the a.m.”

The basketball games are scheduled: Thunder Mountain High School girls vs. Colony High School at 6:15 p.m., TMHS boys vs. Colony at 8 p.m. and Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School boys vs. Ketchikan at 8 p.m.


• Contact reporter Mollie Barnes at mbarnes@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.


More in News

(Juneau Empire file photo)
Aurora forecast for the week of Feb. 26

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute… Continue reading

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire
Nanibaa’ Frommherz, a student at Thunder Mountain High School, testifies about a proposal to help the Juneau School District with its financial crisis during a Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night at City Hall. The meeting was moved from the Assembly Chambers to a conference room toward the end due to technical errors that disrupted the live online feed.
Little public reaction to city’s bailout of school district this year, but big questions beyond loom

Only two people testify Monday about proposed $4.1M loan and taking over $3.9 in “shared costs.”

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Mauka Grunenberg looks at live oysters for sale on Aug. 29, 2022, at Sagaya City Market in Anchorage. The oysters came from a farm in Juneau. Oysters, blue mussels and sugar, bull and ribbon kelp are the main products of an Alaska mariculture industry that has expanded greatly in recent years. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska’s mariculture industry expands, with big production increases in recent years, report says

While Alaska’s mariculture industry is small by global standards, production of farmed… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola (center) walks with Alaska Rep. Will Stapp, R-Fairbanks, and Alaska Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, into the Alaska House of Representatives chambers ahead of her annual address to the Alaska Legislature on Monday. (Mark Sabbatini/Juneau Empire)
Peltola celebrates federal intervention in Albertsons, Kroger merger in legislative address

Congresswoman says wins for Alaska’s fisheries and state’s economy occurring through collaboration.

Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, speaks in support of Senate concurrence on a version of an education bill passed by the Alaska House last week during a Senate floor discussion on Monday. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Senate concurs on House education bill, Dunleavy is skeptical

Dunleavy schedules press conference Tuesday afternoon in Anchorage to discuss the legislation.

A photo by Ben Huff being exhibited as part of his presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)
Here’s what’s happening for First Friday in March

Both the state and city museums are celebrating 20 years of artistic… Continue reading

Goose Creek Correctional Center is seen in fall. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Corrections)
Alaska prison failed to provide adequate dental care to inmates, state investigator finds

Goose Creek Correctional Center has gone years without a hygienist, forcing patients to wait

Jirdes Winther Baxter chats with Wayne Bertholl during her 100th birthday celebration Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Jirdes Winther Baxter, last survivor of 1925 Nome serum run, celebrates 100th birthday in Juneau

Five generations of family, dozens of friends and a coalition of political leaders offer tributes.

Most Read