UPDATE: MCPSS to make decision in the morning

Baldwin County Board of Education

UPDATE: Mobile County Public School officials said they will remain in contact with emergency officials and will have bus route supervisors checking the roads EARLY in the morning Wednesday, April 30.

All area public schools let out at 12:30 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to beat a severe line of thunderstorms.  A mass notification went out across Mobile and Baldwin Counties beginning at 11:30.

Tens of thousands of students attend Baldwin County Schools.  On a normal day, dismissal time can be hectic.  Tuesday, one might describe it as controlled chaos.  To beat forecasted severe
weather, Baldwin, Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma and Chickasaw schools all let out at 12:30.

Parents began getting notice of early dismissal through the school’s mass notification system beginning at 11:30.  Although the notice was short, most parents at Fairhope High School understood the decision.

“It was a great idea just to get the kids home early just in case something does happen,” said Fairhope High School parent, Demetrius Martin. “You just don’t never know with the weather.”

“Oh I think it’s a good idea, but I’m a stay-at-home mom so it’s easy for me, but parents that work, I’m not sure,” said Heather Lilly.

Baldwin County Schools coordinated their release with other schools in the area and all based the decision on the latest information from the National Weather Service.  That information projected the worst weather to be on us right at the normal dismissal time.

Although most parents agreed it was a good idea to let out, that wasn’t the case with all of them.

“I think it’s kind of silly.  I don’t know.  We’ve been through worse thunderstorms than this before so I think it’s kind of inconvenient,” said Rose Mary Adcock

“I think it’s more for a safety issue that they get these kids into their homes versus being out on the roads and causing any further being where they don’t need to be,” countered Kim Peacock.  “They need to be safe.”

A representative for Baldwin County Schools said Tuesday afternoon there were no reports of any complications associated with the early dismissal.

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