School actively monitors the weather forecast


Courtesy of Dennis Womack

With a flat-screen TV, two computer monitors, and a laptop screen all displaying different weather forecasts for the area; assistant superintendent Dennis Womack takes many steps when deciding if school will be closed due to inclement weather.

With approximately two inches of snow covering the school’s courtyard Friday morning and the snow scheduled to fall into the afternoon, students on Twitter and in the hallways are asking if the school will close early.

“Early release is unlikely,” superintendent Ted Moore said. “We cannot take elementary kids home unless we know their parents are home.”

Whether it is canceling school or an early release due to inclement weather, the district follows a process in determining the school day’s fate.

“The district keeps an eye on the weather reports during the day,” assistant superintendent Dennis Womack said. “If there is a bad weather system coming through during school hours we follow the system to see if it will hit before or after school is released. We determine if it is safer to release the students early and get them home or to hold them until regular time.”

Although students may be hopeful that school will close early, it is highly unlikely.

“We try, if at all possible, not to dismiss school early due to weather, except in rare extreme weather conditions,” Womack said. “This is determined, again, by watching the news forecast and predicting whether the storm will remain in the area to negatively impact parent and buses getting out on the roads. Depending on the information that is given and the accuracy of the information we try to give advance notice to parents. Remember that the weather is fickle and our decision might not always seem a “good one” out in the community; especially if school is canceled and the weather pattern fizzles out.”