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COVINGTON, Ky. -- The school year will run longer for Kenton County students, now that all five allotted snow days were used up.

The Kentucky Department of Education said the regular school year lasts 185 days. Kenton County used seven snow days for inclement weather -- two more than what's in the budget.

"We have to make the best decision for the safety of our students," Kenton Co. spokesperson Jess Dykes said. "We're talking about 14,000 students in the fifth largest school district in the state of Kentucky."

As bad as the weather can get over Northern Kentucky's hills and back roads, the decision to cancel school is a tough one. Officials from the schools and county, along with those from other districts come together for the debate.

"We have 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools," Dykes said. "We have to look at those parking lots, take care of a bus fleet of 150 buses, make sure all of those buses will start and be up and running in these frigid temperatures tomorrow morning."

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WCPO reporter Amy Wadas contributed to this report.



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