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Below the overview of the district are links to KBIA's coverage of Columbia 93 district schools, updated as more stories are published. Columbia 93 at a glanceThe Columbia 93 school district currently includes 32 different schools. In 2014, the district had a k-12 enrollment of 17,204 students, which is 2% of the total k-12 enrollment for the state. Enrollment has been slightly increasing in recent years, 2% since 2011. While a small percent, that amounts to almost 400 more students. There have also been major re-drawing of attendance areas with the addition of Battle High School. Middle school attendance areas shape high school boundaries 00000178-cc7d-da8b-a77d-ec7d2f9e0000The changes have affected all schools in the district, including causing high school attendance to increase and overcrowding at one middle school at least.

Columbia, Jefferson City schools closed Wednesday

Columbia Public Schools will not be in session Wednesday.  It will be the district’s third consecutive day with a snow cancelation. In an email, Jefferson City Public Schools also announced that classes were canceled.

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the district didn’t have any employees working Tuesday because they didn’t think conditions would be safe for them to come to work. She said the “emergency day,” coupled with the still-falling snow and the amount still expected to come, would not have allowed crews enough time to clear parking lots and sidewalks and to finish the other work necessary for school to be held.

“Once the snowfall stops, then we can start assessing what our next steps will be,” Baumstark said.

Baumstark said the district is required to build a minimum of six snow days into its calendar. Those days are usually added on to the end of the year. Wednesday’s cancelation will be the district’s fifth cancelation this year, so classes will continue until June.

“It’s not a free day, they still have to go to school, they just have to make it up at the end of the year,” Baumstark said.

A calendar with an explanation of the snow-day makeup policy is available on the district’s website. To see a complete list of school and weather closings in the region, check out KOMU's weather cancellations list.

Tolton Regional Catholic High School also canceled classes Wednesday, according to a haiku posted on the school’s Facebook page.

“Flakes gently falling. 

Hazardous roads. Many wrecks.

SNOW DAY tomorrow!”