WSFCS superintendent writes letter explaining decision to dismiss early on Monday

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Emory wrote a letter to parents explaining the school system’s decision to dismiss early on Tuesday.

WSFCS announced around 12:25 p.m. Monday they would be dismissing 75 minutes early. Student drivers were allowed to leave immediately and parents could pick up their students from school as soon as possible.

The letter is included below:

Dear families and staff:

Thank you for your patience with the difficult weather today. I know early
dismissals can be difficult. I just wanted to explain the decisions that led to the
early dismissal.

Our transportation staff checked the roads at about 4 a.m. today and found that
roads were wet but did not have ice. A wintry mix was forecast to start at about 9
a.m., followed by rising temperatures beginning at noon. The winter weather
advisory issued by the National Weather Service was scheduled to expire at
noon. Given this information, we thought students would be able to get to and
from school safely.

Obviously, the weather changed, and the forecasts were revised. The wintry mix
began, temperatures were forecast to be lower than originally expected, and at
11:30 a.m. the winter weather advisory was extended until 7 p.m. We moved as
quickly as we could to dismiss early. We had to make sure buses were ready,
and we had to call more than 300 drivers to come in early. As you know, we were
able to dismiss 75 minutes early, beginning with middle school routes at 12:45
p.m. We also dismissed high school drivers when we made the announcement a
few minutes after noon.

I say all this only to explain why we made the decisions we did. We debrief after
any situation like this, and we will do the same for this one. We care deeply about
keeping students safe, and our decisions are always made with this in mind. We
will continue to do everything we can to protect our students.

Best regards,

Dr. Beverly Emory

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