Central Dauphin School District sends parents letter over winter storm response

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The Superintendent for the Central Dauphin School District has sent a letter to parents and guardians regarding its response to Thursday’s winter storm. 

In the letter, Dr. Carol Johnson explains the process that leads to delaying, canceling, or dismissing early from schools. 

Dr. Johnson says the district was closely monitoring weather reports and predictions form multiple outlets.

She went on to say that information that was received from the forecast centers showed that outlets were predicting only one to three inches of snow, and the timing of the storm would have been the late afternoon, early evening on Thursday. 

Our abc27 team of meteorologists had been forecasting for at least 3 to 7 inches of snow, with an inch an hour falling at times, and the event starting in the late morning as early as Tuesday. 

Dr. Johnson says the decision to dismiss the high and middle schools at 10:45 a.m. and elementary schools at noon was made before the storm arrived in the district. 

However, as the storm made roads worse throughout the morning and early afternoon, the buses also became slowed, or stuck causing major delays. 

Dr. Johnson says with the thousands of students that needed be transported during the storm, the lines of communication became difficult since some  buses pulled over for safety, and other buses were running late. 

She says following the storm, the district worked with Durham School Services and the district’s transportation department to develop addition plans to ensure fewer disruptions and confusion in communicating between schools and parents. 

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