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Many north AL schools dismiss due to severe weather

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At Somerville Road Elementary School in Decatur, schools were let out at 12:30 p.m. At Somerville Road Elementary School in Decatur, schools were let out at 12:30 p.m.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

With severe weather threatening, almost every major school system in north Alabama dismissed early on Thursday.

At Somerville Road Elementary School in Decatur, schools were let out at 12:30 p.m.

A lot of parents ask the question, if there is a threat of rough weather, why send the kids to school in the first place?

The short answer: There isn't any wiggle room for weather in the calendar.

Last year, legislators passed a school bill that forced most school systems to remove built in weather days in order to fit in 180 instructional days before Memorial Day.

Decatur Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said that does not determine whether students come to school.

"For our decision making purposes, we're coming to school hoping that the weather is going to delay, and that's going to allow us to get a full school day in. Today, that didn't happen," he said.

A bill hoping to give schools more scheduling leeway fizzled before spring break.

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