Carroll County Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie apologized Friday for “inconvenience for students, parents and employees" that occurred after a last- minute school closing decision earlier that day amid snowy and icy roads.
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Parents were notified by email and phone announcements of the school closing decision at 7:15 a.m. Friday.
By that time, one-third of county students had already gotten on the bus or were at school, school officials said. In the memo explaining the decision (see above, attached), Guthrie said, “given the still deteriorating road conditions and the estimated time for County Roads crews to treat all roads, we felt it was then the safest decision to close schools for the day and transport all students who were already at schools back home.”
Guthrie said he will be meeting with the school transportation department “to determine what changes can be made to our process and to ensure better communication with our County Roads Department.”
“The snow event this morning occurred at the worst time and was of much greater intensity than forecasted,” he wrote. “In addition, we did not anticipate untreated county roads at the beginning of our bus runs. Again, in retrospect the decision this morning was not the best outcome. I apologize for the inconvenience for students, parents, and employees.”
The last-minute school closing garnered criticism from parents.
“I’m very upset with whoever decided to make that decision AFTER most of the high school students (like my daughter) and many parents had to wake up early and face the risk of an accident in the snow-covered roads because they couldn’t think of this earlier!!!” wrote Marta E. Cruz-Alicea on the Westminster Patch Facebook page.
Normally, Guthrie said school officials make a decision to delay or close schools between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m.
At that time Friday, snow was only falling in some parts of the county and forecasts were only calling for a “light dusting,” Guthrie said.
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