Schools, Malls Close Early
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Public Schools dismissed some schools early due to snowy conditions in the City of Milwaukee.
All after-school activities, including Milwaukee City Conference basketball games, are cancelled, along with professional development and parent activities.
Students who walk were dismissed at the normal time.
MATC and UWM canceled evening classes and four area malls, including Bayshore Town Center, Brookfield Square, Mayfair and Regency Mall in Racine all decided to close up shop ahead of schedule.
Marquette University decided to remain open and hold evening class.
A large number of other districts have decided to send students home early. Click here for those districts.
Racine, Kenosha and West Bend school officials have chosen to close schools in those areas.
Waukesha's school district decided, like Milwaukee, to stay open today.
"When we made a decision, it was 5:00 a.m., and looking not too bad," said Waukesha Schools Superintendent Todd Gray on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News.".
"I got on the roads myself, and our main and a lot of our side roads were clear. I think our plows did a good job of making things clear."
Parents say it's a big hassle when MPS cancels classes.
“Without a babysitter, I've got to stay home and miss out on money,” said Richard Grady, who has six children in the district.
The decision weighs heavily on bus contractors.
“We find out if their drivers are able to report to work, that's an important point for us,” said St. Aubin. “We also take a look at how public works is keeping up with plowing efforts.”
There have been no MPS snow days so far this school year.
In January 2009, the district told students to stay home for two days when the wind chill hit 30 below zero.
Go all the way back to December 2008 to find the last time snow closed MPS. More than 11 inches fell on a Friday just before Christmas break.