MCPSS to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Weather conditions at Mobile County Public School System headquarters Monday, January 27.
Weather conditions at Mobile County Public School System headquarters Monday, January 27.

Mobile public schools will be closed Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 because of the expected winter weather.

The decision was announced shortly before noon Monday.

AN EARLIER ENCOUNTER

The Mobile area had its first run in with frigid weather almost three weeks ago, when Mobile County Public School officials decided to delay classes for two hours.

But this time, public school officials decided to close schools.

Mobile County School Superintendent Martha Peek said, “It will be prudent for us to close, because of the amount of precipitation, which will include ice and sleet and snow coming in.”

Employees will be off Tuesday and Wednesday, too, and indoor and outdoor athletic events and practices will also be cancelled those two days.

MAKE UP DAYS?

As far as when the days will be made up, if Governor Robert Bentley declares a state of emergency, the days don’t have to be made up.

Peek said, “If its not a state of emergency in our county, then we would make the days up, and, since we are this far in the school year, I would think that probably the decision would be to add those days at the end of the year, rather than interrupt vacations and things that are already planned.”

FIRST COLD SNAP WAS DRY

School officials also said they learned from the first bout of freezing weather.

Peek said, “The difference in the cold weather then: it was dry. We didn’t have any precipitation, and, so, we knew they weren’t any travel hazards. This time, we are hearing there will definitely be problems with roadways and sidewalks.”

School is scheduled to resume as normal Thursday with regular schedules and school buses running at normal times.

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