Schools Preparing To Close For Winter Weather

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- As the first winter weather event of the year approaches, many students are hoping for a snow day.

However, it's not an easy decision for school officials to make.

They say it all depends on driving safety conditions for the school bus drivers. Springdale school district communications director Rick Schaeffer said along with the students, it's also a waiting game for decision makers.

The school district will make a decision at 5:30 a.m. at the latest, to make the call if school is cancelled. Springdale will make phone calls/texts to parents and broadcast it all on 5NEWS, along with social media.

"Facebook gets an enormous amount of hits when we pop that up there," Schaeffer said.

"No one wants to see a bus sliding sideways with 66 little faces on it, so that's the No. 1 concern," said Alan Wilbourn, the public information officer with Fayetteville school district. "Can we get the buses there safely and home safely? And if we can't, we don't go."

If the snow has accumulated enough to make the drive unsafe the night before, then many schools will make the announcement at 5 p.m.

1 Comment

  • wesm6

    I can see the handwriting already on the wall. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice and we keep kids home for 2 weeks. Same as it’s been the last 6 years. Why make us all wait until 0530, why weren’t the schools closed a week ago, when the forecast came out?

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