See the explanation below:
We always try to get notice out as early as possible of closings and
delayed openings so that families can make necessary plans.
SOMSD decided last night, along with surrounding districts, that a
delayed opening was necessary to give staff time to clear the
pathways around each school. Our grounds and school buildings were ready to start the school day.
However, the extent of ice on local roads and sidewalks made it
extremely hazardous for students to get to school, whether by bus,
car, or walking.
Every other district around us made a similar call this morning
given the icy conditions, and changed their call to cancel. We decided that a call to close schools was in the best interests of
students and staff, despite the late notice, since safety is our first
priority. The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents worked with
building staff to make sure that each school had at least one
administrator or teacher on-site, in case students arrived at school
having missed the notification.