CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - During bad weather, the decision to close or delay schools is taken seriously by school officials and often isn't easy.
According to the Charleston County School District, the first priority is the safety and security of the students, teachers and staff. As soon as leadership recognizes dangerous weather may be threatening, the superintendent is notified.
After the superintendent is notified, leadership throughout the district is convened and begins to gather information from sources such as the Department of Transportation, the National Weather Service and the county's emergency management department.
The group reconvenes with the superintendent and they begin to make recommendations about closings.
The district prefers to err on the side of caution and likes to make decisions the night prior, leaving some flexibility for change if weather conditions improve or worsen.
Once a decision is made, the district immediately updates the district homepage, initiates an automated phone call to parents and staff and sends out emails.