Union made the decision to allow school to carry on as normal on Wednesday but they haven’t made a call on Thursday just yet.
“Our people will be out driving the street starting at 4:00 a.m.” said Union’s Gretchen Haas-Bethel.
“We’ll look at the roads and other circumstances before we make a decision on school for Thursday” she told KRMG news.
We asked the overall criteria the district considers when deciding to have school or to call it off. “We look at the roads and the parking lots” Gretchen answered. “Many times the roads are fine but the parking lots are covered and we have a LOT of kids who drive” she emphasized.
Union does have a crew to clear the parking areas but it’s not always enough.
As for buses running on ice routes, Haas-Bethel said if it happens parents and students already know the drill.
“They know the places and times, and we’re a district without a lot of rural roads or hilly areas so it’s not usually an issue.”
Gretchen also mentioned the overall cold as a factor. “It’s one of the other circumstances, things that are out of the ordinary that we look at.”
What happens if the district says school is on and a parent isn’t comfortable with that? “They can always make the decision to keep the kids home” she said.
Union told us they will likely make their choice early on Thursday and you’ll know first at KRMG and KRMG.com.