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Valley school plans for school closings

What does the threat of this wintry weather mean for students in the Heart of the Valley?

School administrators have been monitoring the weather situation for days now.

What does it mean for valley schools?

For leaders it means lots of planning, monitoring, and even some lack of sleep.  

Whether you do or don't, most kids will agree they like snow and ice.

WAFF 48's Jeanie Powell asked Natalie Brehmer if she liked the snow and ice.

Her answer, yes, as was the same for Xavier Brooks, of Huntsville.

Living in the south, we don't often see that and we're not as equipped to handle it, simply because it's such a rarity.

Jeanie asked Brooks' godfather, "Do you keep you a close eye on the weather?"

William Cheeks responded, "Yes, I do."

She then added, "Do you keep a close eye on the weather when it comes to school closings?"

Cheeks says, "No, because it isn't really gonna be no weather to close the school or in Huntsville."

Cheeks grew up in New York, so he's a little skeptical that it'll happen.

But, Valley leaders are preparing.

At the first sign of a potential threat, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Doctor Ann Roy Moore monitors the situation.

She says, "I've started to watch all the weather channels and the weather reports."

A culmination of weather teams, transportation officials, and emergency management help Moore make the call to shut down schools.

"The person that's over transportation actually gets up very early, goes out in a four wheel drive vehicle, and drives around."

Their hands-on approach is safety first for parents, bus drivers, and students.

What happens the night before?

Moore explains, "We actually stay up 'til two or three o'clock in the morning watching the weather and actually looking at what's going on outside."

If cancellations are a go, she immediately notifies the media, who in turn, notifies you.

It's up to time and mother nature to decide what'll happen, but one things for certain.

Valley residents are going to dress warm.

Dr. Moore says her decision might not always make everyone happy, like kids who'd rather stay home, but if the weather doesn't pose a threat, school's still on.

Be sure to keep an eye out for any closings and you can count on us to pass that information along.

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