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February 12, 2014

Wake County schools getting thanked for closing school Wednesday

Some parents who questioned the call to close school Wednesday instead of having an early dismissal are thanking the Wake County school system for the decision.

The Wake County school system is getting some vindication for the decision to close schools on Wednesday.

Some parents had complained about Wake’s decision to close school on Jan. 28 when snow didn’t come until after classes would have ended. With that day still in mind, some parents had been questioning the district’s decision on Tuesday night to announce that school would be closed today instead of going for an early dismissal.

But as snow started falling around noon, several people tweeted their thanks to the school system for closing school.

“So sorry for the bad thoughts that went through my head this morning. Good call! Thanks for keeping our kids and staff safe!” tweeted one person.

“Good call. It's snowing to beat the band right now...right when the kids would be on the buses headed home from a half-day,” tweeted another person.

Wake announced the decision to close shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Stella Shelton, Wake’s interim chief of communications, explained that at that point they were being told that snow would begin falling between 10 a.m. and noon. Shelton said that ruled out plans for an early dismissal.

“We couldn’t get the kids home safely by then,” Shelton said.

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