School districts work together when deciding cancellations

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DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - The majority of school districts in northeast Wisconsin canceled classes Tuesday with the morning's icy conditions.

We spoke to administrators about the process that goes into canceling school.

Brown County-area school superintendents and Lamers Bus Service held a conference call Monday night and Tuesday morning, hearing from officials about road conditions and the immediate forecast.

"Talking to the National Weather Service, with the sheriff's office, and with various police and safety officers," said Benjamin Villarruel, Superintendent of Unified School District of De Pere.

Villarruel says Brown County schools collectively canceled. Some districts already announced a two-hour delay but in the morning changed that to "closed."

Lamers told Action 2 News the roads were unsuitable for buses, especially on secondary roads.

Add in the uncertainty of the weather, plus slippery sidewalks and parking lots, and calling off classes became the choice administrators felt was right.

"Kids that are going to have to walk to school on that sidewalk, trying to cross an icy road, there are high school kids, a lot of them that drive,” Jim Gambles, manager for Lamers Bus Service, said. “You know, do we want them out driving in this kind of weather."

In the Fox Valley, a superintendent said that school districts stay in contact with each other but make decisions individually.

"Continue to stay in contact, the conversations and the text continue into the early morning if they need to and we're monitoring other's reports," said David Botz, District Administrator at Little Chute Schools.

Botz stands by his choice saying airing on the side of caution is smart.

"Information I had at ten to five this morning, I felt confident it was the right decision," said Botz.

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