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Administrators: decision to delay, cancel school not an easy one

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The decision to cancel or put off classes is a tough one for administrators.

The process for each district starts the night before the inclement weather gets here, with staff monitoring the forecast.

Lubbock ISD, Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship all communicate with each other, and each send their own teams of administrators out between 4 and 5 a.m. to see road conditions. They are mostly checking for ice and slippery spots.

School is often delayed to allow road conditions to improve.

"Also, it gives parents a little more time to get into the flow," Jeff Klotzman, executive director for Lubbock ISD Communications and Community Relations, said. "It gives those people who are doing the morning rush a chance to get there, and then we stagger start, so we're not having everyone at one time trying to maneuver."

While safety is the top priority for each district, the decision to cancel can have consequences.

"A lot of our kids in this district get lunch and breakfast and in some cases, dinner, so we have to take that into consideration as well, " Klotzman said. "These kids rely on us for their education, and some cases, for other needs."

Frenship ISD Chief of Police Roy Bassett said a delay can also interfere with parents' work schedules.

"If we delay school, then there are parents that might not be able to get to work on time. If we cancel school, there are parents that may not have something to do with their school-aged children for that day," Bassett said.

At Lubbock-Cooper, Superintendent Keith Bryant said they will always try to have school, if possible.

"If there's any way possible that everyone can get to school safely, we won't cancel school," Bryant said. "We may delay an hour or two hours, but we want to have school as much as we can to keep the structure in place and the day-to-day operations for the betterment of children."

Bassett adds these are not snap decisions, and it may not always work for everyone, but the three districts emphasize the safety of students and parents will always be the number one priority.


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