Weather could cause delay in school dismissal

Two county roads closed due to flooding

After a notification was sent out by North Callaway R-I Schools informing parents that school buses will be held this afternoon if there is severe weather during regular dismissal time, The Fulton Sun contacted other area districts to learn their plans.

North Callaway Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said district officials are monitoring the weather as they wait to make the decision.

"We don't want students caught on a bus on the road during bad weather," Thomsen said, noting parents will be allowed to come pick up their children if the buses are delayed.

New Bloomfield Superintendent David Tramel said he also has been "watching the radar extremely closely," and would make a more solid decision closer to dismissal time.

"If it's unsafe to roll the buses, we'll hold them," he said.

Karen Snethen with Fulton Public Schools said the district's policy is the same, although unlike North Callaway, parents will not be allowed to come get their students.

"If we are in a severe weather situation, we will not let anybody in or out," Snethen said.

Calls to South Callaway R-II Schools were not returned.

In other weather-related news, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said county roads 2002 and 1068 both are closed due to flooding near bridges on those roadways.

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