To close, or not to close… That is the question school superintendents face every snowy day. However the decision making process actually begins the night. District officials work closely with the National Weather Service and the city to see if keeping the keep students at home is the safest option. Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey says they are looking to see if the roads are impassable for school buses.
“Our parents are working in those businesses and are expected to be at work and all of the businesses are open and the roads are passable, and they may not be perfect and they may not be great and we know that our city, county, state, highway, and street people are working hard to make sure that the streets are clear. We really feel that the safest place for kids to be is in school because if their parents are working we can't send six, seven and eight year old to an empty home and to put parents in that position is very difficult,” said Lacey.
Superintendent Lacey said that the last time school was closed was more than two decades ago in 1989 because of a city wide power outage.
However, it's ultimately up to the family to decide if it is or is not safe to make it to school. Students will not be penalized for weather related absences as long as they notify the school.
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