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No regrets, but no more school cancellation this week



The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac past, Pasco County schools will reopen on Tuesday.

"We will be back in school tomorrow, for sure," district spokeswoman Summer Robertson told the Gradebook shortly after the county completed its mid-morning emergency operations meeting.

Robertson acknowledged that the district likely could have conducted classes this morning, given the lack of severe weather. But the district, like others around the state, made the call Sunday afternoon to close Monday in order to give parents time to make arrangements for their children. At the time, the weather forecasts still called for heavy winds and rain in the region.

The district still received criticism for making its closure decision later than most other districts. But officials said they wanted to wait as long as possible before closing, to have the latest information available without causing too much inconvenience for families. Another factor in the mix was the county's use of district school buses for shelter evacuation. 

"Better safe than sorry," Robertson said.

[Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 9:36am]


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