Why did school close early when the bad weather isn’t expected until later?

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Buses. The same school buses that serve our preschoolers and elementary school children also serve our secondary schools. Once our buses finish their elementary school runs, they are off to the secondary schools. On a typical school day, afternoon bus runs start leaving schools at 2:35 p.m. With after school activities at the middle and high schools, late bus runs can finish after 7 p.m.

By closing schools early, cancelling after school activities and completing those bus runs early, we aim to ensure that all students are safely returned home before conditions worsen, especially as the sun sets and temperatures drop.

There are days where the forecast does not quite materialize. But the safety of our students is always our top priority, so we make the decision with the best information we have available at the time a call needs to be made.