How New Hanover Co Schools decide on closings and delays

first_img Making sure your kids are safe is the first step New Hanover County Schools take into account when deciding whether to close or delay schools due to potential inclement weather.“We work very closely with New Hanover County Emergency Management and the Weather Service here in Wilmington to look at the event, and the timing of the event, or the impact of the event,” Anderson said. “And try to determine what’s best, opening school, a delay, or an early release.”With snow on the horizon they decided to close school on Wednesday.Related Article: StarNews Media Life Expo to bring Jane Seymour to WilmingtonHowever before they make a final decision, senior staff meets throughout the day then makes a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.“If there are any sections of the county that we feel are affected by the winter weather and it’s not safe to… have our buses on the road, we’ll cancel,” Anderson said. “Make a decision for the entire county.”Following the recommendation, Markley makes the final decision.As far as make up days, that all depends on the severity of the storm and how long students are out.“The timing of that storm is what we’re looking closely at right now and then we’ll look at the event itself and what the impact may be for the rest of the week,” Anderson said.For any and all updates on closings and delays, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, (WWAY) — When it comes to school closings or delays, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes in order to make the final decision.“Actually there a quite a few steps that affect that decision,” New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Operations, Eddie Anderson said. “But they all center around one thing and that’s the safety of our students.”- Advertisement – last_img read more