Schools close early due to weather

Schools close early due to weather

Little Rock School District leaders say they have 25,000 students, and 16,000 of them ride the buses. With so many students coming from all over the county -- they believe ending school early would ensure safe travels home.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Little Rock School District leaders say they have 25,000 students, and 16,000 of them ride the buses. With so many students coming from all over the county -- they believe ending school early would ensure safe travels home.

Even though the weather -- looks totally different from when they made their decision.

Buses and parents called to little rock schools about three hours earlier than normal.

At Otter Creek Elementary the presence of sleet made the students' day.

"I was excited, ready to see my family."

Students carefully dashed across the campus to get out of the elements. But students in neighboring districts stayed in school.

PCSSD leaders decided to watch the weather but not dismiss early.

Little Rock School District spokeswoman Pamela Smith says their transportation leaders tested the roads and advised Dr. Holmes that it would best to end school early.

"We were told at that time that traveling, particularly in WLR, that there were treacherous roads in that area, so the district stands by its decision to dismiss."

School closed at the time the sleet came down the hardest. The same time drivers were sliding off slippery roads or had to travel very slowly.

"He made the decision that was best for 25,000 students to make sure we got them home safely."

Parents we talked with don't fault the district for the decision, even though the sleet ended by the end of the normal school day.

"Things can change, weather can change. This is Arkansas."

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