Districts look at inclement weather policies

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Round Rock is making some changes to it’s inclement weather protocol.

Last week Superintendent Steve Flores waited until later in the morning to delay and eventually cancel school. His late decision led to some concern and anger by parents who had students already on the bus or at school by the time that decision was made.

So Flores sent a note to parents saying the district has decided to expand the number of roads, parking lots, and sidewalks that they monitor during bad weather.

He also stated they are developing a system that will allow employees to report conditions that might be hazardous to students and staff,

The Austin Independent School District sent out a note to parents Wednesday explaining how they decide whether to delay or cancel school.

It stated that while they continually monitor the weather, if it appears really bad they would make the call at 9 o’clock the night before.

But if the weather is still questionable a second decision is made at 6a.m.

AISD officials said they will only send out a notification if there is a delay or cancellation. If you don’t hear from them school is planned as scheduled

Whenever districts cancel class due to inclement weather, those must be made up.

Both Leander and Round Rock ISD’s are proposing to make up last Tuesday’s closure on Memorial Day.

As a result a group of Veterans plans to protest what they are calling an “unpatriotic” decision at Thursday nights Leander ISD board meeting.

The Round Rock Superintendent said in a note to parents their decision for that make up day was a result of community and staff feedback that proposed Memorial Day instead of an April date that had been planned.

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