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School's out: GRPS cancels school for the rest of the week

A couple of snow days for students at Grand Rapids Public Schools has turned into an entire snow week.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — It's another couple of days off from school for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The district has canceled school for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week -- turning a couple snow days into a full fledged snow week. 

"We know in order for those city plows to get to those local streets, having cars off the roads, having kids off the road, this is just the right thing to do based on the weather, the road conditions and the sidewalk conditions," John Helmholdt with Grand Rapids Public Schools said.

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The decision was posted to Facebook Wednesday morning. 

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It's not yet clear when students will make up the missed time or if the school year will be extended in June.

Rockford Public Schools has already asked the State of Michigan for additional days. 

"We will likely join with them in appealing to the state of Michigan, and to the legislature to extend those days due to the severity of the winter," Helmholdt said.

Although it may be a challenge, GRPS encourages parents to limit the time kids spend behind the screens. 

"Read with your children, make sure that they're not on screen time the entire time, get them moving around, get them reading books, you can do practice homework, there's lots of different activities that you can look up online," Helmholdt said.

If families need food assistance, they are encouraged to dial 211 to be connected with United Way. 

Check out the full list of school, business and church closings here.

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