When schools decide to close in breaking weather


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Updated: 2/21/2013 9:19 am Published: 2/20/2013 9:35 pm


School near steep roads and tucked in neighborhood streets are high on the list when considering canceling class because of breaking weather.

In west Tulsa, Remington Elementary sits on top of hill and the road can easily ice over making it difficult to get kids to school. However, canceling class is a decision that is not made lightly.

"Make sure they can get to and from school safe, whether it be car by parents, bus or even walking,” said TPS Route Operations Manager Terry Evans.

"If not then we would rather keep them at home safe then have them out there on the streets."

Between 3am and 4am advisors from the Tulsa Public Schools Transportation office will be monitoring the roads to determine if they are safe enough for kids to get and home from school.

TPS is currently in the “if inclement weather conditions are expected” mode. According to its website that means roads are safe now but will be checked overnight and notification of school canceling will go out by 5 am.

Owasso sent home middle school and high school students early.

Now parents are watching closely to see if class will be cancelled tomorrow.

“You want to know now,” said Corbi Goddard.

Meantime, parents are preparing for a full house and hitting the grocery store.

“I wanted to make sure I had a milk bread,” said Tricia Menefee.

As a stay at home mom, she wanted her kitchen stocked if school cancellations put parents in a bind.  

“I have a couple of neighbors that if they need it, they know they can call,” said Menefee.

One couple rotates weather days.

“Tomorrow will be my turn so I would have to stay home with him,” said Marla Myers.

In Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard is out of town so the Chief Information and Operation Officer will make the final call.

You can also stay connected with FOX23’s closing alerts on FOX23.com.

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Glenda Stokes - 2/25/2013 1:52 PM
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There are a "FEW" times throughout life that safety of LIFE is more important than education and when the weather is bad is one of them. It's not worth the risk to have kids (students) out on the roads and then either dismiss early or decide too late to cancel. What is a day or two compared to an eternity. Just my opinion. Same for parents if it doesn't feel right then it is not right so let them stay home!

Mayor Maynot - 2/21/2013 1:54 AM
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