Area schools close for bad weather - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/10

Area schools close for bad weather and to ensure the safety of students

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Nearly 40,000 students and faculty will take. Lubbock-Cooper, Frenship, and LISD canceled classes just hours after school let out Thursday. NewsChannel 11 started taking calls for school delays on Friday around 10:00 a.m. Thursday, but those delays turned into cancellations as time passed.

Many school districts across the South Plains agreed with parents that it was not safe for students and buses to tackle ice coated streets Friday. "Certainly when you have 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty members it is a considerable impact when we are not in school and it reduces traffic on streets," says LISD spokeswoman Nancy Sharp.

Officials made their decisions just hours after they dismissed students on Thursday. Initially Frenship ISD and Lubbock-Cooper ISD delayed Friday classes by two hours. LISD made the call around 5:00 p.m. to cancel classes entirely on Friday and the other districts followed their lead.

"We have thousands of kids and staff we don't want anyone to get hurt we actually had a bus slide of the road over by West near Frankford and no one was hurt but we have snow days built into the calendar and we'd rather be safe than sorry," says Lubbock-Cooper Superintendent Pat Henderson.

"It's clear it's going to do nothing but freeze overnight and be treacherous in the morning. We aren't anticipating there will be sunshine in the morning to thaw those streets so it was just the best idea to have kids prepared and give families as much notice as possible," says Sharp about the district's decision to cancel class.

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