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The weather outside is atrocious. Why didn't schools close?



Five Pasco County school campuses lost power for a little less than an hour. A Gulfside Elementary custodian got hit by lightning while walking under a covered walkway before classes began. He was alert afterward but taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Buses ran up to 30 minutes late, as tornadoes swirled near several schools and rains threatened to flood the area.

At least one angry mom e-mailed the Gradebook wanting to know: "Why in the world were schools not closed? Schools have been closed for hurricane watches in the past that didn't even produce the storms that today brought."

"We have inclement weather procedures in place," Pasco schools spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said.

Those include such actions as taking students out of portable classrooms, altering the bus schedule and alerting families through such things as automated phone calls. But they do not call for shutting everything down. Districts have advanced warning of hurricanes, she added, while they must deal with blustery, rainy weather more regularly.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:41am]


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