Austin-Area School Chiefs Sorry for Weather Call

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) There was confusion in the Austin area Tuesday as a trio of school leaders decided to hold class as usual, amid icy road conditions, and then had to change their minds.

The three Austin-area school superintendents apologized after they initially decided before daybreak to keep schools open, but later had to quickly close them when the winter weather turned ugly.

Austin emergency management spokesman Jacob Dirr said that plans to hold classes as usual changed after daybreak when it became obvious that conditions had deteriorated.

But by then, some kids already were on school buses while some teachers and principals were reporting they couldn't get out of their homes because of ice.

School chiefs in Round Rock, Leander and Lake Travis say they're sorry for the bad calls. Leander Superintendent Bret Champion tells the Austin American-Statesman ( ) he put parents in a bad spot and never would have put children on buses if he had known more.

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