Property owners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks surrounding their homes and businesses free of snow and other obstructions, such as, overgrown greenery and trees. With 350 acres to maintain, Canyons District also does its part. When the wind bites and ice hits, custodians and ground crews report to work while it’s still dark, often as early as 3 a.m., to make sure our schools are warm and welcoming. A crew of 15-25 snow-plow trucks have generally already done a first pass to clear parking lots, but often there’s plenty of work to be done to remove slush and ice from sidewalks, entryways, and perimeter sidewalks. Depending on the amount of snow, it can take one-to-three hours to clear an elementary campus, or longer for a middle or high school. Crews also deposit ice-melt in advance of storms. On any given winter, the District will use in excess of 500 tons of the de-icing material. To put that in perspective, one ton is the equivalent of 40 store-bought bags of ice-melt weighing 50 lbs. apiece. Now imagine 20,000 of those bags, and you get the picture.