Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Officials regret not closing Loudoun County schools during snowstorm

After careful consideration of all available information, including advanced weather forecasts and real-time monitoring of road conditions across the county, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) officials made an early morning decision to keep schools open Tuesday. “Clearly, the conditions became far worse than anticipated,” LCPS officials said in a press statement.

“We apologize for the difficulties the weather caused this morning,” Loudoun officials said Tuesday. “Students are safest at school when parents have not had a chance to make alternate plans for their child's return home. At this time, we are planning to dismiss schools at their normal dismissal time. However, all LCPS after-school activities are canceled for this afternoon and evening.

“LCPS regrets any confusion or stress today’s decisions may have caused. Student and staff safety remains our top priority and policy and procedures around closure and delay decision-making will be reviewed and enhanced using lessons learned today.”

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