Close Call

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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Many kids got the day off from school because of the winter blast.

In all, more than 50 area schools cancelled classes today. Many other schools dismissed students early this afternoon due to the weather, and some called off after-school activities. But in Wichita, the state's biggest district decided to stay open.

The decision to cancel classes for nearly 4,000 Goddard students was made by school superintendent Charlie Edmonds.

Edmonds says, "I looked at the radar screen and it looked like there was a significant amount of snowfall that would still pass through our area, and I didn't think it was worth jeopardizing our kids."

Not only did Edmond become his own meteorologist, he also traveled the streets of Goddard at 5:30 a.m.

Goddard says, "I didn't think it was worth jeopardizing lives or property for one day of school."

Safety was the main concern for school administrators in Haysville as well. Their decision was to keep school in session.

Sandy Bradshaw with the Haysville School District said, "Based on the information we had about six o'clock, we felt that we would be able to safely transport children and go ahead and have school today.”

The decision to close a school for bad weather is not a easy choice, because there are no universal or state guidelines for administrators to follow.

Bradshaw says, "You will have complaints if you dismiss. Obviously there are parents who have concerns with 'where are my children going to go today and if we have school, parents who will say it was hard to get them back and forth."

It's a decision, which is different from district to district. Many local district officials say the decision to close is made day by day, depending on road conditions and temperature.


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