Many Schools Announce Early Dismissals
The snow is prompting classes to be dismissed early at several school districts today.
The Slinger, Hustisford, Kewaskum and East Troy districts are among those closing early. Milwaukee Public Schools has canceled all After School activities and will release the first tier of bus pickups 30 minutes early. Racine Unified has also canceled all After School activities.
Otherwise is business as usual at MPS.
"While this is a snow fall that is expected to last all day, we do expect that city salters and the plow drivers are going to keep up," said MPS Spokeswoman Roseann St. Aubin.
Not every district, though, chose to keep its doors open. Kenosha Unified Schools has decided to close for today.
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Some other schools had already announced delays as of 5:00 a.m. due to the weather conditions.
Schools and businesses could make decisions later on in terms of ending classes and activities.
"We will watch those conditions carefully, but do the math. If we're going to have a snowstorm through midnight, it's really about a half an inch per hour, and we feel people should be able to keep up with that."
It is often a challenging choice to decide to close schools when weather conditions don't give an obvious answer.
"If we have to make a decision to close school early, those are horrible decisions for parents, for our transportation company. It's our worst case scenario," said Mequon Schools Superintendent Demond Means.