Schools to notify parents of delays

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 7, 2010

In times of inclement weather or emergency, local school systems use their crisis management programs to notify parents.

“However, that program is only as good as its most recent information,” said Covington County Interim Superintendent Terry Holley. “That’s why it is so important to make sure that all contact information is up-to-date and current. In this day and time, cell phone numbers change constantly, and we need to make sure that we can contact parents.”

Andalusia Superintendent Dr. Beverly McAnulty said it is “likely” the start of school will be delayed Friday.

“We want to be on the safe side of any possibility of ice that morning,” she said. “We will send out the call (today), if we have to delay school.”

Most recently, the CCS utilized its crisis management program to notify parents school would not be in session during the December rains. Holley said if the system decides to alter attendance plans because of this week’s weather, it will again use the program.

“So you can see why it’s so important to have that information,” he said.

Opp Superintendent Michael Smithart said the Opp City Schools haven’t yet made any plans to postpone or cancel classes.

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said. “In the event we make a decision to cancel or postpone school, we always contact our local radio stations and utilize our parent notification system.”