Here’s How Lubbock School Districts Decide To Cancel Or Delay School
With another day of canceled school people are wondering how school districts decide when to cancel classes or delay them.
I have been in the news industry for a while now and have done a lot with this topic and it is not an easy decision for school districts to decide.
When I was in Abilene they would have volunteers get up and drive different routes in the morning to see how the roads were when it was hard to decide.
Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD do kind of the same thing. Every school district gets up and watches and monitors the conditions for hours. Trying not only to decide if kids can get to school safely but home as well.
Lubbock-Cooper ISD posted saying: "Although roadways in the district are currently clear, forecasts predict deteriorating weather conditions throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, Lubbock-Cooper ISD has canceled school today, Wednesday, February 1. Stay safe and warm, LCP family!"
You also have to consider where the kids are coming from. For Lubbock Cooper, a lot of their students are coming from rural parts of Lubbock while for Lubbock ISD most of their kids are in the city. Sometimes dirt roads can be worse or better than city roads.
They monitor the Emergency Operations Center, the call loads first responders are getting, and the National Weather Services. They also do what Abilene does and have some administrators drive around different areas of the city. They are looking at roads and overpasses. They come back to discuss at 5 a.m. So yes these are very early and long days for them.
They also have to think about the kids. Some kids only get fed because they come to school and a lot of their kids have parents who both work. So thinking about that makes it really hard to cancel but safety always comes first.