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Kansas City schools, other districts cancel Monday classes after snow

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For many that are still without power, the latest snowstorm is a pain in the neck, but for some, it's turned Kansas City into a winter playground. Get a drone's-eye view at how much fun seven inches of snow can be
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For many that are still without power, the latest snowstorm is a pain in the neck, but for some, it's turned Kansas City into a winter playground. Get a drone's-eye view at how much fun seven inches of snow can be

The Kansas City Public Schools and several other area districts began calling off Monday classes as district staffs labored to clear parking lots and sidewalks ahead of students’ return.

Superintendents were also watching the efforts of city street crews and power line workers as they dealt with damage from the weekend’s heavy snow.

Many more districts were still weighing the situation Sunday after 4 to 10 inches of heavy snow fell across the area Friday night and Saturday. A few made early declarations that schools would be open.

Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Hickman Mills and Center were some of several districts that decided early to cancel Monday classes.

As Grandview Superintendent Kenny Rodrequez said on Twitter, too many roads were still impassable in some parts of the area, and downed power lines continued to be a problem.

The North Kansas City School District is on for Monday. Superintendent Dan Clemens made an early call on Twitter, saying roads and sidewalks were clear enough to go.

Most of the early closing announcements came from Missouri districts and charter schools. Kansas schools were either planning to be open or were waiting to make a decision.

For the Shawnee Mission School District, the report was mixed. Sidewalks and parking lots were on track to be ready to go, the district said, but power remained out at Belinder, Brookridge, John Diemer and Indian Woods schools.

If power is not restored by 8 p.m. Sunday night, the district would be reaching out directly to those schools’ communities.

The University of Missouri-Columbia said its campus would remain closed Monday.

A homeowner in Prairie Village clears snow from the driveway early Saturday morning after a winter storm blanketed the area in snow. Power outages were reported in many parts of Kansas City, including Prairie Village.

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