Elkhart Community Schools will remain closed on Thursday.
Superintendent Mark Mow said half of the district's custodial staff was unable to report to work today, leaving sidewalks and parking lots unattended. Officials also took the number of students that walk to school into consideration, and Mow said he's hopeful classes will resume Friday.
Parent/teacher conferences originally scheduled for Thursday have been canceled, along with extra-curricular activities scheduled for tonight. ECS students will make up the instructional day lost this week on April 22.
All seven Elkhart County school districts canceled class today, and this morning area superintendents said it was too early to tell whether students and staff would return Thursday.
Concord Superintendent George Dyer said snow days for the district will be made up at the end of the year. Goshen Superintendent Bruce Stahly said students will make up today on April 1, the Friday prior to spring break. Middlebury Superintendent Jim Conner said the district has a make-up day built into the calendar for May.
Today was the first cancellation of the school year for Elkhart, Concord, Goshen and Middlebury. Each superintendent said safety for students and staff is the primary factor taken into account when determining whether to cancel class.