Many parents were upset with LCSD#1 for not closing schools earlier today. We reached out to the district to find out why that decision was made and what the policy is. Here is what the gave us:
"School closure decisions due to inclement weather are made working in conjunction with the City, County and State as well as F.E. Warren Air Force Base using National Weather Service forecast information.
The district has bus drivers and facilities management personnel who drive the roads in all areas as early as 2 a.m. when weather is deemed to be inclement. Based on conditions, sometimes weather can be worse on one side of the city than the other, or in rural areas and not within the city limits. Thus, oftentimes our rural schools are closed while those located in town remain on a regular schedule.
A weather boundary is called when personnel believe it unsafe to run buses in a rural area. Students outside of the boundary will not be bused to or from school on these days. Parents who choose to bring their students to school are then responsible for picking up their children at the end of the school day.
Parents who are not comfortable having their child(ren) attend school due to inclement weather, are asked to call the school. Student(s) will not be penalized with an absence.
Since there is not a consistent method of calling only those who ride the bus, LCSD1 does not issue ParentLink calls in this instance. Instead we notify the media and the information is posted on the district website: www.laramie1.org. The only time ParentLink is used is in the event of a district-wide school closure.
Whenever possible, district-wide school closure announcements will be made the evening before via ParentLink and on all 10 p.m. TV and radio broadcasts. If that is not possible, an announcement will be made by 5:30 a.m.
If schools are closed during the day due to a snowstorm, staff will determine that all students have satisfactory transportation. Parent instructions from each student's emergency closure form are followed."