Decision to close schools not easy

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Whenever the threat of snow moves into the area, officials at area school districts face the tough decision of whether to close school.

Officials admit, that can be a complicated decision to make sometimes.

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Phil Hammonds said the number one factor in the decision is safety.  The district has to feel confident students can get to and from school safely.  He said they usually keep an eye on road conditions for buses, and the latest forecast, so they can make the best decision quickly.  He asked parents and students to be patient throughout the process.

"It really is a complicated situation, and tough to make the best decision," said Dr. Hammonds, "But everything has to center around ensuring the safety of our children in snowy conditions."

Hoover City Schools follow a similar procedure.  They hold meetings with district officials, and monitor the latest forecast.  

"It is a very difficult decision because no matter what decision you make, you won't please all the people," said Hoover City Schools Spokesperson Jason Gaston, "You know a lot of people say, 'it is just an inch or two, let's go to school,' but others say 'let's close them.'"

Officials in both districts say they normally contact people via an automated phone message or through local media outlets.

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